Nadia, 26

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I decided to be a voter because I realised if I don’t vote, I’ll have to wait a really long time for the next one. A lot could happen in five years, and I want to be involved in the country’s future, however small a vote might be.
— Nadia, 26

I like assam laksa, making collages from old magazines, and sending postcards to friends. 

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I'm not underaged. People always think I'm young and "don't know things." 

I'm good at making new dishes out of leftovers. 

One thing I'm proud of is quitting my job and starting in a new industry when I already had a (somewhat) cushy job.

I decided to be a voter because I realised if I don't vote, I'll have to wait a really long time for the next one. A lot could happen in five years, and I want to be involved in the country's future, however small a vote might be. 

I'm most worried about climate change, discrimination and income inequality, and lack of education. 

These issues matter to me because sustaining the environment and education are important for the future, and everyone deserves to be treated fairly. 

I wish I knew more about local history that did not make it to our school textbooks. 

I want other young people to know that we're capable of making a difference, even though sometimes it might feel a bit like cleaning up other people's messes. 

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