All posts tagged with: Malaysia

What Does Freedom Mean to the Common Man?

Posted October 17, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Last August, Malaysia celebrated our Independence Day, a mark of freedom for the nation as a whole – freedom to self-determination, to have sovereignty over our own home soil, and to chart our own path as a modern nation. The word 'independence' and 'freedom' surely evoke something in the individual as a citizen of a country that not fifty seven years ago was under the colonization of another. What does freedom mean to the common man? Freedom to be part of a democracy, to vot...


Voices of Youth Inspire! Homegrown Artist

Posted September 17, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Mei Lee, for my Inspire! profile. The passion she shows for her work and her endless drive to attain her goals has always been one of the reasons I was attracted to her as a person, and I admire the consistent expressions of these traits until today. Some of her notable projects include recent work for The Kitchen Guardian and Green August which ended up being sold on DFTBA. Your name Mei Lee. Your age23 Where a...


(Plenty of Youths Get) Left Behind

Posted August 25, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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The introduction of youths into political and decision-making spaces is a fairly new thing. Malaysia has made headway with this with current projects such as Parlimen Belia and similar state-led initiatives. Similarly on the rise are activities where our voices get a chance to be heard, such as MUN and youth conferences. Activity among the youth community is not unprecedented or a novel concept, neither is collective activity channelled towards a specific cause. But like their adul...


Musings Prompted by Independence Day

Posted August 12, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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August is the month where Malaysians brush the dust off their decorative Jalur Gemilang flags to hang outside our homes and storefronts. Tinny songs sing of patriotism blare out from the speakers in malls and other public areas, while celebrations and the singing of our national anthem are encouraged nationwide. On 31st August, Malaysia would be celebrating our 57th Independence Day. For this special festivity, I seek to answer the question of what is great about my country. Ju...


Trans Rights Movement in Malaysia

Posted July 27, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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I regret not having written this sooner while the event was still fresh in my mind, but better late than never. On the 12th of July, I went to ‘Beyond Binary’, a talk hosted by national trans ally campaign, I Am You. This was my first exposure to the Malaysian trans community. I went with a friend and her friend. None of us knew anyone else there, not personally. Most of those in attendance seemed to know one another, though, which was overwhelming in the beginning. The eve...


We Just Don't Talk About It

Posted July 19, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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This article was written in observance of Girl Summit 2014. Information about FGM, its harms and justifications, can be found elsewhere. Here, I talk about the issue in a Malaysian context. Reading the resource pack for Girl Summit 2014 I stumbled upon the link to the 29 countries where FGM/C (henceforth only referred to as FGM); Malaysia was not on it (or any other Southeast Asian countries where the practice is still prevalent), which is not a surprise, but a disappointment...


The Million Dollar Question

Posted July 13, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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To me, the image that immediately accompanies the word ‘millionaire’ is that scene in a Duck Tales movie where Scrooge McDuck swims in a vault overflowing with money, as well as privately owned luxury items, branded sports cars and sprawling mansions. Given a general exposure to the lives of the filthy rich and an idealized bootstraps notion of economic mobility, I join the ranks of many young dreamers who once thought they could have all this frankly unnecessary possessions....


In Community We Trust

Posted July 1, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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The name that I usually go by is Effie Johari and I’m from Malaysia. I’m 18 years old and currently enrolled for a preparatory course to major in Economics in the US. I started blogging when I was 12, and writing years before that. I’ve only ever been involved in activism on a small scale, participating in national campaigns and youth-centered activities. I am a strong advocate for economic equality and access to education for all, as I believe these to be the main problems t...