Nadine, 23

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I wish I knew more about the alternative histories of Malaysia, of the forgotten and the marginalised, as well as the many indigenous languages and traditions of Malaysia that have been erased to make way for modernity.
— Nadine, 23

I like urbansketching, translated Asian literature, and discovering new shades of lipstick.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is that I'm of mixed heritage, with family roots in a few Southeast Asian countries.

I'm good at swatching, listening, giving pep talks when necessary, finding bargains, and taking care of cats.

One thing I'm proud of is my resilience, and how I seem to be able to make the best out of seemingly-terrible situations life throws me into.

I decided to be a voter after I was fortunate enough to vote in the last UK general elections as a Commonwealth citizen. One of my diligent housemates put my name in the electoral roll. All Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote in UK elections. As a student overseas I felt compelled to go out and do it because a number of my friends had zero say on their fates post-Brexit, despite the fact that Brexit impacts their lives directly. Even though the Malaysian democratic process leaves a lot to be desired, I feel claiming my power to vote is a good first step.

I'm most worried about discrimination and income inequality, lack of education, as well as religious and racial conflicts.

These issues matter to me because they impact the lives of people close to me in many ways, and I wish I could do more to make things better for them.

I wish I knew more about the alternative histories of Malaysia, of the forgotten and the marginalised, as well as the many indigenous languages and traditions of Malaysia that have been erased to make way for modernity.

I want other young people to know that change for the better is possible. It doesn't always have to be big and/or fast. Some of the small, seemingly inconsequential things we do may change someone's life for the better.

WatanSarawak, 1994