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.

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...

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...

Saving the Rohingya: Let love prevail, not chauvinism, not racism

Accept these refugees, accommodate them and provide them with basic needs: foods, shelter and medical attention as an immediate response, urges Barathi Selvam. “If...

Misconception about the World’s Oldest Profession

Mary Ann Lim peels aways a widely believed myth shrouding prostitution in Malaysia - and comes face-to-face with the grim reality of human trafficking....

‘Miss, is it okay for us to talk politics?’

If we allow ourselves to be suffocated by national leaders who use the law to stifle us, then our lives would be worth little,...

‘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...

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...

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...

Mampukah Malaysia Airlines ke era kegemilangannya semula?

Apa yang mustahak dan perlu disingkirkan dari Malaysia Airlines adalah ketirisan dan kontrak jangka masa panjang yang memangsakan Malaysia Airlines sendiri, ujar Farha Yusof....

The non-driving class in Kinta Valley

We should do our bit and contribute to the only planet we have, says Shazni Bhai. How? Come over to the bus stop now....

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...

Forbidden love

Political reality sometimes kills beautiful moments when the system discourages certain types of true love from blossoming, writes Chiok Phaik Fern. When you fall...

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