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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Multiculturalism: Back to basics

Politicians have successfully created fear and suspicion in our society, and if this is the tactic they are using, how can we trust this...

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......

Like software, our government too need its update

If we want to push the boundaries of democracy and uphold the principles of people's power and equality, this the right time to do...

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...

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...

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...

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