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.

Hentikan perkahwinan kanak-kanak!

Biarkan anak-anak kita menikmati zaman kanak-kanak mereka tanpa dibebani dengan tanggungjawab yang sepatutnya dipikul oleh orang dewasa, ujar Azrine Razak. Sejak akhir-akhir ini banyak...

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

The ruling class can uphold their power and supremacy by dominating the people who question or criticise them and by inducing a subconscious obedience,...

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......

The Malaysians I wouldn’t want in my classroom

The humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya refugees has revealed alot about the ugly side of a certain group of Malaysians, observes Melanie Yong. For...

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...

Getting educated: Blessing or curse?

Education appears to have become a privileged pursuit for the selected ones and for those who can afford it, writes Chiok Phaik Fern. “Sorry...

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...

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...

Children from broken homes: A Malaysian experience

If only the voices of these children could be given equal attention by policy makers, many innocent lives could be saved, writes Chiok Phaik...

Public toilets – A great place to assess good governance, democracy

Lau Shu Shi describes the humiliating experience she endured when using a public restroom in Ipoh - and wonders who was responsible for the...

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...

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...

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