Saranikka, 28

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We do not need to be stuck in our old ways because it’s tradition. We can be kinder. We can be more understanding, and it does not mean we demean our elders.
— Saranikka, 28

I like social events, pop culture, and travelling.

One thing that surprises other Malaysians about me is I live in both kampung and bandar, and I don't hate one place more than the other.

I'm good at being witty! I can't show it so much but sometimes I surprise myself with how funny I can be.

One thing I'm proud of is that I can do event management, design, copywriting, and I picked up all these skills by working independently while supporting my family.

I decided to be a voter because of Trump. Many adult Americans did not vote and obviously regret it now. Every vote counts and the outcome of not voting is disastrous. We are the hope for positive change in our country, and for us not to vote, it's selfish and irresponsible.

I'm most worried about discrimination and income inequality, religious and racial conflicts, as well as safety and security.

These issues matter to me because I am all about human rights, putting priority to safety and humanity before anything else. I believe in embracing who you are and letting other people embrace who they are— unless it harms or discriminates against others. I believe that once we live in peace and love and are treated fairly, with no hate towards religion, race, or gender, I think we could solve many major issues.

I wish I knew more about sex. No, I wish Malaysians know more about sex. Sex education is important and we have a lack of it. Sex education is not about encouraging premarital sex, or stopping any religious classes. It's to avoid unwanted pregnancies, STDs, and most importantly sexual abuse. If we teach our children about risks, prevention, and most importantly the concept of consent, there will be fewer sexual-related issues in Malaysia. We need to talk about that and not swipe it under the mat.

Despite what everyone says about us, I want other young people to know that we can change. We can change to be better. We do not need to be stuck in our old ways because it's tradition. We can be kinder. We can be more understanding, and it does not mean we demean our elders. We do not need to believe our parents' racist notions because they say so. Women do not need to stay at home and bear children because that's what is expected from them. Youths do not need to buy houses we can't afford, we are not hopeless or lazy. We are a whole new generation, and we can change.

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