Kate, 25

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One thing I’m proud of is my ability to adapt to situations with relative ease and calm. I’ve gone from having a stable job to being very suddenly jobless, and have somehow managed to find enough work to sustain myself and pay my rent. 
— Kate, 25

I like cats, feminism, and kindness. 

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I'm a journalist. 

I'm good at writing, editing, and taking care of plants and animals. 

One thing I'm proud of is my ability to adapt to situations with relative ease and calm. I've gone from having a stable job to being very suddenly jobless, and have somehow managed to find enough work to sustain myself and pay my rent. 

I decided to be a voter because we need change in Malaysia. Race politics are rife, and it's unfair to the entire population to have to endure petty politicians and leaders using race and religion to further their own agendas. It's holding the country back from achieving its true potential and only serves to bring people down. 

I'm most worried about climate change, government accountability and transparency, as well as discrimination and income inequality. 

These issues matter to me because they continuously influence everything else. They must be dealt with in the best way possible in order for everything else to move forward. 

I wish I knew more about medical care in the country and how government systems work. 

I want other young people to know that we have the power to change things— but being disenfranchised and skeptical will help no one, least of all ourselves and the generations after us. We must mobilise and vote.

Watan1992, Selangor