Meek, 22

Only after moving back to Kuching for uni after growing up in KL, and learning about my Melanau heritage and the natives of Borneo, I realised how odd the Semanjung-centric portrayal of race was. Indigenous people are more than “lain-lain.
— Meek, 22

I like late night lepak mamak sessions, cliché coming-of-age films, and writing.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is I'm half-Sarawakian. Only after moving back to Kuching for uni after growing up in KL, and learning about my Melanau heritage and the natives of Borneo, I realised how odd the Semanjung-centric portrayal of race was. Indigenous people are more than "lain-lain.

I'm good at adapting to change and being self-sufficient.

One thing I'm proud of is being able to get back on my feet after my life hit rock-bottom.

I decided to be a voter because learning about the opportunities I've been handed, I realise I benefit from privileges solely based on a genetic lottery. I want to contribute to change by using these privileges.

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

These issues matter to me because failing to understand the dynamics of our multicultural country, the many kinds of people in it, and our daily interactions with the land that bears the weight of our existence, has lead to and will lead to more abuse of power. And that enables discrimination and corporate greed.

I wish I knew more about the policy-making surrounding environmental preservation and sustainability.

I want other young people to know that change is possible, and it starts with educating ourselves and younger Malaysians. We are literally the future of this country.

Watan1995, Kuala Lumpur