Zim, 24

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I decided to be a voter because of the subtle and blatant oppression of people I love who do not fit the mold that society has shaped for them.
— Zim, 24

I like all of culture, animals, and history!

I'm good at writing, debating, and teaching public speaking to 12-22 year olds.

One thing I'm proud of is seeing my juniors and/or students succeed in tournaments or life in general.

I decided to be a voter because of the subtle and blatant oppression of people I love who do not fit the mold that society has shaped for them. Although voting won't change everything, the prospect of change is the first step to institutional transformations.

I'm most worried about climate change, political instability and lack of political freedom, as well as racial and religious conflicts.

These issues matter to me because in a country rife with identity politics— where politicians alienate dissenters and critics— essential issues like environmental disasters are leftovers of media attention, when it's actually the cause for everything affecting all of us. Pollution increases health hazards. Deforestation destroys our fragile ecosystems and affects the livelihood of our indigenous Orang Asal. I wish to live in a country where equal attention can be given to all of this, and that's only possible with political freedom, where representation is accorded to people from all sectors of society, not just those who conform to 'national visions'. Equal representation in political participation and all media will ensure better political stability, as opposed to the imbalance we have today. This issue affects me personally, as a Malay person who does not tick a lot of boxes when it comes to the "conventional Malay person" list.

I wish I knew more about the assets of our politicians! More transparency and accountability is needed too.

I want other young people to know that it might not seem realistic, and our voices might seem small, but remember that all activism is optimism, and that we should start with hope if anything at all.

 

Watan1993, Selangor