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2015 Young Writers

These are articles by those who participated in Aliran’s Young Writers Workshops, supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, in 2015.

Reflections of a proud ‘campur-child’

Diversity is a beautiful thing; if we can accept or even encourage it, it can result in a richness that no one culture can...

Tertiary education in Malaysia: A blessing or a curse?

It would be utterly unfair for bright students to be deprived of access to education because of their financial status and lousy policies introduced...

Everyone should be against Penal Code 377B

Engaging in consensual oral and anal sex is not something that should be punished. Indeed, the government shouldn’t govern how we have sex, says...

A public affair

If Malaysia is ever going to realise its elusive Vision 2020, public service providers must buck up and heed the many complaints, writes Shannon...

Gender dysphoria: Blurring gender lines

Danielle Rhye Avrahamovic discusses the myths of gender roles and sexual identity. ‘Gender Dysphoria’, (Dis-Fo-Riya) etymology: Gender Dysphoria is an experience which Trans, Genderqueer, and Non-Binary people...
Parliament

Should YBs be ‘whipped’ to toe the party line?

Elected representatives should be allowed to vote accordance to their conscience if the issue is not against their party principles and ideology, writes Vince...

Saya bangsa Malaysia

Discussing what went wrong might take countless days, what is more important today is to nurture humanity and a sense of belonging to one...

Stateless Rohingyas of Myanmar: Who’s to blame?

Yugashini Sukumaran and Kanmani Rengasamy are in no doubt as to who is ultimately responsible for the oppression and suffering of the Rohingyas. First,...

Tug-of-war: Playing a game rigged from the beginning

A tussle for control, which is skewed towards the BN-led federal government, continues to plague the administration of Penang, observes Yasmin Bathamanathan. Up until...

‘YB, serve the people’: What do Malaysians want, and why?

Sharon Ling, a former MP’s assistant, reflects on the complications and causes of having to ‘serve the people'. “Wayang!” screamed Malaysian internet-users at a...

People with disabilities face formidable challenges in corporate world

There must be radical change to enable this valuable human capital to become an integral part of the development of the country, writes Dharvin...

Decentralise higher education; give public universities more autonomy

Heng Wen Zhuo shares his views on Malaysian higher education, focusing on the question of autonomy of Malaysian public universities. In 2012, the five...

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