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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.

Here’s why public institutions are perceived to be components of BN

Putrajaya seems to be able to influence the decision-making process of public institutions to serve the whims and fancies of the government of the...

Men sew and women fix bikes: Breaking gender stereotypes

We limit our opportunities and challenges when we only dance within the ropes of gender stereotypes, says Praseetha Naidu. If I had a ringgit...

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,...

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...

Poverty in an epoch of plenty

It is the duty of the government and relevant agencies to accommodate and see to the wellbeing of the homeless and the poor, says...

O, Ringgit, how little you matter

Is the government spending your tax money efficiently, effectively and responsibly, wonders Yasmin Bathamanathan. It was while I was stuck at a celebration to...

Energy-to-waste: Channelling popular energy into waste management

The municipal councils' absence of authority to manage day-to-day waste has frustrated local communities, says Yew Wei Lit. “Civil society also plays a role......

Depression: Dialogues within myself

Judith shares with us the burden of unfulfilled expectations placed on her in her childhood and how it spiralled into full-blown depression. I noticed a...

What kind of Malaysia awaits the next generation?

Let's work together to bring justice and beauty of unity to reality, not just behind the four-edged glass screen and for the sake of...
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...

Empowering local governments, ensuring accountability through polls

Local elections are the most effective way to restore the link between residents and their local councillors, writes Farha Yusof. Many elected representative in Malaysia...

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...

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