Dhanhyaa, 22

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I decided to be a voter because of discrimination against the Indian community and demolition of Hindu temples highlighted by the HINDRAF protests ten years ago. I was 12 years old.
— Dhanhyaa, 22

I like vegetarianism, yoga, and reading.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I've been vegetarian for over a year now. People seem to underestimate my will and desire to engage in this lifestyle.

I'm good at singing, writing, critical reading and thinking, and colouring.

One thing I'm proud of is securing an internship with one of the best roaming services in Southeast Asia and gaining lots of work experience there.

I decided to be a voter because of discrimination against the Indians and demolition of Hindu temples highlighted by the HINDRAF protests ten years ago. I was 12 years old. Fast forward ten years later, there are several more factors that drive me to exercising my right to vote as a tax-paying Malaysian citizen.

I'm most worried about government accountability and transparency, discrimination and income inequality, and lack of education.

These issues matter to me because the people's needs are not prioritised over the interests of the elite. The income gap is widening. Why are there so many homeless people on our streets? Why is upward financial mobility so difficult for working class citizens? Is this a democracy or a dictatorship? Many Malaysian parents are becoming increasingly skeptical of the public education system, but not everyone can afford to burn holes in their wallets to send their children to private education. It is said Finland has the best public education system, and there isn't a private school in sight. Don't we deserve educational excellence too?

I wish I knew more about what "kebebasan bersuara" actually means in our country, because I wouldn't be able to find it here if it weren't for the people fighting for it.

I want other young people to know that we have the potential to turn over a new leaf by abandoning the horrible set of values imposed on us by an older generation. We need to adopt much better values to progress our country. The policies made back then need to be reviewed and revamped to work in the 21st century. We need to embrace social democracy.

Watan1995