Irham, 22

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I believe our beloved country can still learn so much and evolve democratically. We’re approaching a time where political parties should represent all Malaysians.
— Irham, 22

I like cooking, crime novels, and baseball.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is my height! Not that I'm complaining, being tall has its advantages.

I'm good at being the infamous socially awkward guy according to everyone. But some people like my public speaking skills.

One thing I am proud of is being  elected as the president of my faculty two years ago. Served my presidency for the whole 2016. It was one of the best learning experiences of my life. That is when I learned it's not easy being a leader and you can't satisfy everyone at one time. All in all, it was a year of self discovery.

I decided to be a voter and registered two days after I turned 21 in December. I didn't waste any time because I was so eager to cast a vote. But that was not the case early this year, at that time I was sure I was not going to vote for anyone because it feels like all the choices are bad. To be honest, I still think it is. But a few months ago I found an article that changed my mind. It talks about a matured democratic country (MDC). MDC is when a country experiences government turnovers through elections more than twice. In most cases, a country can learn or mature from turnovers. Now this is something Malaysia has never experienced since we first formed. I believe our beloved country can still learn so much and evolve democratically. We're approaching a time where political parties should represent all Malaysians. Any bias will reflect in social and economic policy and not be healthy for our country. I'm slowly feeling that we have nothing to lose.

I'm most worried about government accountability and transparency, political instability and lack of political freedom, as well as religious and racial conflicts.

These issues matter to me because these are where I believe our authorities have performed poorly. We need more national emphasis on basic human rights.

I want other young people to know that the power is in the hand of young Malaysians. I hope that I can see equality for every Malaysian in my lifetime. I hope that I can see a non-Malay kid dream of becoming the prime minister and achieve it because they can.

 

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