Prepared by: Afif Ridhwan Roslan
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The 2017 UNAM Prime Minister Biennial Dinner was an auspicious gala dinner that was hosted on the 30th of October at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. The fundraising dinner entertained various corporate figures, diplomats, public leaders and our very own UNAM Youth members.
We began the evening with a meeting led by Arfan Othman, where he briefed us on our tasks for the night prior to the dinner. The role played by UNAM Youth in this dinner was subtle, but pertinent. We handled the ushering of guests and registration of media.
The dinner began with pre-drinks by the foyer of the Sapphire Room. As drinks were served, so were smiles as guests enjoyed the company of each other. UNAM Youth members did not miss out on the opportunity, as we mingled amongst ourselves, some of us did so with their partners they brought along for the dinner.
After pre-drinks, everyone was seated in the Sapphire Room, while UNAM Youth Members and Dato’ Zainal Abidin await the presence of the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak. As the Prime Minister arrived, so did the cocassion begin.
The dinner began with an address from Tan Sri Razali, who commented on the need for moderation to prevent rising extremist sentiments within the nation. He recalled several UN missions of the past where moderation was crucial towards the success of these missions. The author recalls Tan Sri Razali leading the UN envoy to Myanmar to negotiate the release of Aung Suu Kyi from house arrest.
As food was served, so a string quartet accompanied the dinner. From classical arrangements to covers of contemporary local songs, the ambience of the room was magnificent.
Of course, the highlight of the dinner was the speech from the Prime Minister himself. On the topic of governance, Prime Minister Najib Razak began by highlighting the achievements of Malaysia in terms of economy and security. Prime Minister Najib noted Malaysia and China’s recent partnership as a prosperous one, and Malaysia is in the time of prosperity.
Moving forward, Prime Minister Najib Razak highlighted the coming of fake news within the Malaysian media circle. Noting statements made by a “former leader”, according to the PM, the PM mentioned that Malaysia is not as corrupted as claimed by the former leader, citing a statistic from an international organisation. The author would note that the World Audit ranks Malaysia as the 44th country in their Corruption Rank table, and 55 on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.
The dinner soon ended following the closing remarks of the Prime Minister. Guests enjoyed their time and UNAM Youth, the committee and volunteers both, had a great time mingling with Governing Council members. The dinner ended at 11 PM.
The United Nations was founded in 1945 with the hopes of bringing peace, security, human rights and development. To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of its founding, the UN Country Team in Malaysia organized a celebratory event at the JW Marriott hotel in Kuala Lumpur. UNAM Youth members were invited to attend this special event.
The day was filled with speeches from various influential figures. Stefan Priesner, the United Nations Representative in Malaysia spoke on the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being the driving force behind it. Malaysia was congratulated for its proactiveness and forward thinking in taking strides towards achieving the SDGs. We would like to note that this is largely due to Malaysia’s strife in incorporating SDGs into the Transformasi Nasional 2050 plan, of which the most recent incorporation was the TN50xSDGs huddle held at Sunway University (Tan Kian Leong wrote a brilliant piece on this that can be found here). That said, Mr. Priesner emphasised that the pace can and should be accelerated, a view shared with the current Sec-Gen of UN, Antonio Guterres
The Guest of Honour, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department elaborated on Malaysia’s efforts towards realising SDGs, and the enactment of legislations to achieve these goals. Datuk Seri further highlighted that the UN is of pertinence in Malaysia, noting that three UN bodies have their Regional Headquarters here.
UN Malaysia Awards 2017 followed thereafter. We congratulate PACOS Trust, Zero Waste Malaysia and Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria for receiving the award. PACOS Trust is an NGO that engages in the social work of empowering indigenous peoples of Sabah. Zero Waste Malaysia is a community-focused NGO focused on sustainable and zero-waste living. Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria is an academician, hailing from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, who has wrote several papers on analysing and recommending policies based on sustainable development challenges in Malaysia.
The UN Day ended with high-tea in the Grand Ballroom.
Over the summer I was blessed to be able to attend the Young Diplomats Forum (YDF). An intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts. Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats.
The forum held in London, United Kingdom with participation of more than 90 delegates from all walks of life and backgrounds. I had the pleasure to meet diplomatic staff, international relation students and even lecturers who were all there to learn on the diplomacy on the 21st century.
The main objective of the forum was to come up with a policy idea on the given topic. The topic my group was assigned was Management of the South China Sea. The others consisted of UN Reform, Post ISIS Middle East, Regional Integration in the African Continent, and the Future of the EU. By end of the week we came up with a working group one very similar to the Arctic Council. It’s main objective is that this working group will consist of the countries involved in the South China Sea crisis and discuss on a mutual topic. The sole purpose of this policy is to get the nations involved in the crisis to sit down and talk. Therefore this working group will focus on an agenda that everyone agrees on, such as environment and climate change, which will get all the parties to be in consensus. From there on this working group can also discuss other issues in the region and specifically on the Management of the South China Sea.
Over the course of the week there were plenty of activities involved that led up to our policy idea. There were many speakers that we had the chance to listen and apply in our thought process. The forum was addressed with a keynote speech on the topic “Diplomacy in the 21st Century” by Lord Hannay, Former Ambassador of the UK to the UN.
Then we went to the European Union Representation where we had a fruitful discussion on Brexit. Few blocks away we then had the opportunity to meet Her Excellency Patricia Scotland the Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations at Marlborough House. She enlightened us with the developments and works of the Commonwealth of Nations secretariat. Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) the think tank for the British Government that focuses on defence and national security, taught us the procedures on how they research for policy makers to implement in foreign policies.
Lastly we visited the Facebook Headquarters of Europe, Middle East, Africa. Where we had a session with the Head of Government & Policy, Sean Evins and discussed how he helps heads of governments and governmental institutions to maximize their capability using the social media platform to promote their policies. With the recent British Elections he talked about the steps he took to help the leaders throughout the period and the importance of digital platform.
The forum would not be complete without a visit to the Houses of Parliament where we had a session with the Members of House of Lords, Lord Anderson and Baroness Smith, and Member of House of Commons, Daniel Kawczynski on U.K. Foreign Policy Priorities and Parliamentary Diplomacy.
Not to forget the trip was thrilled with fun activities such as climbing the O2 Arena, sightseeing the prominent locations of London at Westminster, Cutty Sark, Greenwich Meridian Line, and the Old Royal Naval College also known as University of Greenwich.
The forum as a whole was a satisfying experience which I encourage all aspiring diplomats to go for this forum in the future because it was worthwhile through the knowledge gained and friendships made.
Dear MUN-ers,First off, ADIDAS Yeezy 350 Boost we would like to thank all of you for the feedback we have received regarding the UNAM-MUN League. We may have been unable to reply to your queries directly, but rest assured, we have read through all of your comments, and moving forward, we will be taking your input into consideration to make any changes that are necessary.At this point in time, we would like to clarify that we have no ulterior motive behind the implementation of the League beyond helping the local scene grow, Scott Kazmir Authentic Jersey and to assist us in our selection process for Team Malaysia-UNAM. Nike air max 90 pas cher As some of you may be aware, the majority of the UNAM Youth Committee is drawn from MUN-ers both former and current, and these initiatives are borne out of a genuine interest on our part to help in any way that we can – in this case, it appears that we have broached a particularly charged issue for the community, and for that, we apologise. It was certainly not our intent to upset anybody, Fjallraven Kanken Infantil and please know that we do very much value the input that each person has put into the local scene, newcomers and veterans alike.Given the comments that we have received, the Youth Committee has come to the conclusion that we will continue with the implementation of the UNAM-MUN League, albeit with changes so that it may be better suited for everyone’s purposes; we maintain the belief that the League has something to offer to the local scene, AIR MAX 2016 and that with sustained effort and input from others, this will be a success in the long run. Womens Air Jordan 3 To that end, Yunel Escobar Baseball Jersey we would like to invite you to join us as stakeholders in this initiative of ours at a Facebook Live Townhall Session with UNAM’s MUN Task Force, for us to be able to start anew and as a platform for you to air your concerns and how you believe we should move forward. Further details regarding this session will be posted up soon, and we strongly encourage you to either write in your questions as comments under this post, fjällräven kånken Laptop 15 or message our Task Force members directly through Facebook at Afif, Eshaan, and Kian Leong. While we may be unable to answer all of your questions during the Townhall, Nike Hypervenom homme we will do our utmost best to clarify as many doubts as we can.While we are somewhat overwhelmed by this response, it has been heartening to see many MUN-ers come out strongly in favour of what they believe to be values that are intrinsically bound to our local scene, and we have no doubt that this is the culmination of the very best things that have been cultivated over the past few years. Air Jordan 1 This has been a learning experience for us, and we promise we will come out stronger for this; until our next post, we hope to continue working with you for the betterment of the MUN scene in Malaysia,
A very warm welcome to each and every one of you individuals who have taken the time out of your days to read this blog post! As you may already know, the UNAM-MUN Task Force has been putting the League as well as a lot of the core ideals of the Task Force through a lot of rigorous and structural change in recent weeks. new balance 1300 femme Following the introduction of the UNAM-MUN League and Monash Model United Nations International Conference, we received a vast amount of feedback and concerns from the Malaysian MUN community at large. Matthew Stafford UGA Jersey Based on the comments and input from the community in the comment sections, town hall session, and the first official UNAM-MUN League Report, we felt that it would be appropriate to get up to speed in terms of the changes, progress and direction that our collective efforts have led us towards. League Changes Summary To summarise the changes that we have made to the UNAM-MUN League and Task Force, we began with making some crucial changes with the chair rating system that we have implemented. To highlight them, co-chairs are now an integral part of the system, as well as the presence of a significant emphasis on qualitative and quantitative feedback that will be relayed back to the dais of the recognised conference. Adam Wainwright Jersey Furthermore, thanks to contributions made by Ethan Wong, the judging criteria for the MyChairs system have been amended according to suggestions and feedback provided by Malaysian MUNers. Robert Griffin III Baylor Jerseys The League criteria for Chartered or “Verified” Chairs have also been tweaked and adapted to encompass the myriad of concerns represented by MUNers. New Balance 247 męskie In short, Chairs and Co-Chairs will no longer be ranked according to an aggregate score, but will rather receive an average score across all partner conferences attended. The intention of the League Chair table has also migrated from a ranking system to a recognition system that displays the top 25% of Verified UNAM Chairs with their consent. baskets ASICSMoreover, we are elated to announce that the UNAM-MUN League is now accepting applications from non-partner conferences to collaborate with us in an effort to promote inclusivity. This means that any and all conferences will have the ability and opportunity to sign up and apply to join the League, should their application get accepted. New Balance 446 damskie Applications will be overseen and evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure that conferences are considered with care and attention. goedkoop air max 2017 We would like to encourage conferences of all backgrounds and nature to sign up in an effort to make our resources accessible to all! Last but not least, individuals who do not wish to take part in the UNAM-MUN League for any given reason have the option to opt out of participation at any point in time; this means that all public scores will be removed from public scrutiny. However, it is important to note that the act of opting out manifests itself as an indication that you would no longer like to be eligible for the selection of Team Malaysia-UNAM come 2018. Additionally, if you are a chair who has opted out of UNAM-MUN League participation, your scores will remain tabulated in our private database, which will not be discloses to the public in any degree.Moving Forward To conclude this post, we would like to personally thank all the individuals that have aided us in our efforts to provide a sustainable, efficient and effective platform for Malaysian MUNers to thrive in; this includes all who commented, posted and contributed towards our town hall and posts, as well as the individuals that took the time out of their days to improve and adapt our approaches at our very first official UNAM-MUN Task Force Meeting this month. We would like to remind you that we couldn’t have come this far without the community, and that we highly recommend that you continue to put forward your input regarding the UNAM-MUN League as well as our other UNAM affiliated initiatives.
30 participants, 14 nationalities, 7 projects, 12 volunteers and a global youth seminar hosted in Kuala Lumpur. Take the context out, replace the numerics, or change the location – the modus operandi is most likely similar for any training programs.
From the 30th November to 3rd December 2016, I was in-charge of making sure that the World Federation of United Nations (WFUNA) Youth Seminar is successfully hosted in Kuala Lumpur; its first in South-East Asia after previously graced by Jaipur, New York, Oslo and Buenos Aires. Texas Tech Red Raiders The rotational set-up is meant for a better distribution of training opportunities for the youths of WFUNA’s member countries.
The idea was to engage youth representatives who are members of their United Nations’ national associations. New Balance 998 męskie Participants are leveraged on their common interests and they are expected to brainstorm and implement their projects –however and wherever they prefer– based on the Sustainable Development Goal #16 for peace and security.
Our mission was to transcend youth idealism into activism, upgrade opinion leaders into community movers and to spark possibilities for cross-border collaborations towards a common cause.
Comparatively speaking, hosting 30 people may sound petty but the logistical, leadership and financial bearing remains a challenge to a youthful group of volunteers from United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM) (visit www.unamyouth.com).
Personally, the process of leading this cause was also an interesting juncture of experience as I was in the midst of completing my admission to the Malaysian Bar in a legal firm at that time.
Juggling between the two was not easy.
While I had to lead a young team to implement our ideas for the youth seminar, I was also often in the receiving ends of my inexperience and legal naivety by my lawyer colleagues in a 9-month journey where long hours were spent on most weekdays.
Being both the leader and follower at the same time had given me an opportunity to diverge the two experiences and to self-reflect on what has been a roller-coaster experience of emotions and self-development.
Here are the three lessons learned that I can share:
1. Shape your team early
Be it in a legal firm or in running a youth organization, it is important for a leader to first define the talent and capacity of the team. I didn’t want to micro-manage and I needed the team to be on cruise control as I had little time to spare then.
I learned from this experience that the expectations of the leader must correspond to the capability and the pre-agreed commitments among the team members.
Taking in my observation of working in a law firm, I decided that the working dynamic of the hosting team was best served with a cocktail of talent, experience and scope of contribution. This was after taking into account the similarity of the nature of the demands to my day job; which has strict deadlines.
In terms of experience, I had cherry-picked my trusted Lieutenants from the people that I have worked with in the past mainly because I knew how their work ethics are like. I also value their inclination in poking holes to my ideas, especially if that’d help to solve the puzzle better.
More importantly, I was able to delegate some of the core responsibilities to them – which has allowed me to focus on more urgent matters such as fundraising and in designing the training module.
For a team averaging 20 years of age, it was fascinating to observe how capable some of my team members are in producing the “magic” when needed to; mainly in the areas of web designing, creative graphics, as well as in video and audio editing.
As the team leader, I’d usually have a rough idea on what needed to be done – except that I didn’t have the technical expertise to do all of them. Hence, it was only logical for me to get some help. San Diego State AztecsOver a span of a month, I had sourced the talents from an open pool of applications before interviewing them to identify their suitability to the merit of the team.
Throughout this process, I realised how eerily similar the set-up was to a law firm’s employment structure.
For example, while in my initial stage of legal traineeship, there were whispers of keeping ‘strategic’ individuals in the firm as a ‘business strategy’. Slowly, I began to notice how important to have what I call –‘the pivot’ – to generate opportunities for the firm.
Akin to how a couple of individuals can potentially bring more businesses to the firm than what talented and experienced employees could, I had also valued the specific contributions of team members that were taken in to do just that—creating opportunities.
2. Working with difficult people is unavoidable and is part of the necessary process
If you had not realised already, most of the established non-profit organisations, humanitarian bodies and youth organisations are managed by paid staffs and professionals. While the youth seminar itself was an outreach program to members of national UN associations, it was not coordinated on the ground by WFUNA’s paid employees, but by volunteers of UNAM who committed themselves to this cause out of passion and sheer grit.
Contrary to popular belief, organisational volunteerism does not magically materialise from empathy alone. This value has to be tapped from effective crowdsourcing of ideas, maestro-ed by focused leadership, and may possibly involve financial support for the activism to be sparked.
This was where the difficult part comes in; someone needs to get their hands dirty to get things moving.
In this case, our team members had to work extra hard to meet various individuals to secure funding, logistical support and relevant expertise.
Often times, the process was made difficult by bureaucracy and procedures—especially in a country like Malaysia where power-distance has always been a hindrance to productivity.
I can still recall the days when I had to spend half a day for a two-minute conversation to get a mere “yes”. Sometimes, we had to wait for weeks before a pre-approved plan is signed on paper for official purposes. This was especially difficult when meetings were planned without taking into consideration of the volunteers’ time and availability. Crazylight Boost Primekni While I had to squeeze my time between lunch breaks, several others had to skip classes at their respective learning institutions.
Meanwhile in a law firm, it’s notorious how demanding dealing with lawyers can be.
Coming out fresh from law school, I could only grow a thick skin while learning my ropes from the more experienced peers—whom probably went through the same process to be at the level where they are today. I was not in the position to escape the reality when my set of skills are limited to what I have learned from only thick legal textbooks and the four corners of my classrooms.
While working with difficult people is a challenge by itself, I realised that it was more challenging to recover our mental strengths to be stronger each time.
3. Communication is key to avoiding conflicts
Whilst in the process of designing the training module of the youth seminar, both myself and Pablo Angulo, a New York-based focal person of WFUNA, had different perspectives in our approach to train the participants.
Despite the geographical and time-zone differences, we tried to communicate as frequently as we could via numerous conference calls on Skype.
Although admittedly there were hiccups along the way, the impact was minimised as there was already a general understanding between WFUNA and UNAM, even as Pablo had to be replaced by another WFUNA trainer, Erly Munoz, due to last-minute unavoidable circumstances.
Erly had delivered her duty impeccably as our flow of thoughts had already been streamlined by detailed planning between Pablo and I, despite having never met each other throughout.
In a more demanding legal setting, at times instructions were misinterpreted due to my lack of experience and limited legal know-hows. The no-nonsense approach by our clients can at times heat up the dynamic of the team when it was only a matter of time before mental stress can override our usual characters.
I felt that this can be avoided by encouraging both vertical and horizontal communication everyday—no matter how limited our time was.
A more engaging team definitely helps in numbing the psychological impact of dealing with difficult situations. LSU Tigers Jerseys Relating this to my first point, it is also important for a leader (or employer) to manage his/her expectations and to react accordingly, rather than excessively.
If anything, it would have been better to have the sense of honour to our responsibilities rather than feeling forced to fulfil them out of fear.
Having been exposed to both approaches, it has been our practice in UNAM to listen to everyone’s opinions and ideas before deciding on the best approach to move forward.
I am glad that the youth seminar was successfully organised.
But it was a bigger success to have seen my youthful peers adopting the practice of communicating effectively in getting the best out of our potentials while working together.
Independence of gender is a prevailing discussion widely exchanged in forms of hushes and whispers when it comes to Malaysian audience in general. When one mentions gender equality, we tend to picture the worst possible images of extreme men-hating feminist movements, common stereotypes casted upon the queer community and in some cases, women finally being able to lead men during prayers. Discussions on the said topic seemed to be very poorly welcomed because apparently, moderation is key and empowerment of the ‘gentler’ gender equals to degradation of their counterparts. Let alone the topics of ‘ending patriarchy’ or LGBT+. Womens Air Jordan 4 As an observer in the mass, I could only go as far as taking down mental notes when the first KL Pride March themed ‘Courage in the Face of Adversity’ organised by a local private university was canceled due to religious bodies’ complaints. Every now and then, as I try to catch up with the ongoing news, my findings will be, more often than not, accompanied by unrestrained, demeaning—heck, even demonised headlines, fired up by condemnations from the conservatives and ambassadors of the P-word.
On a quest to further understand the much-entangled topic, I decided to apply for the XX+XY Project upon the advice of UNAM Youth’s coordinator, Hafidzi. All I knew was the project is the brainchild of 3 YSEALI alumni (Farhana Zain, Kristine Madrelino & Worapot Yodphet) acting as an educational platform revolving around the 5th Sustainable Development Goal; gender equality and women empowerment. I was hours away from the extended deadline with no project proposal in mind. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Rose Alas, my lightbulb moment came about just in time. I then clicked ‘submit’ and let fate do its job. 1 phone interview later, I received an e-mail stating that I will be representing Malaysia along with 3 other delegates for the Kasarinlan Ng Kasarian camp. This is it, I thought. Time to leave the sidewalk and get to know the crowd.
Over the course of a week, there were plenty of things worth noting throughout the project. Sitting in a circle with young advocates from Thailand and Philippines while throwing opinions back and forth at the end of each day revived the purpose that each of us had constructed for ourselves from the very beginning. Acknowledging the variation in circumstances in response to gender equality and violence against women-children (VAW-C) we have back in our home countries, we knew we had a safe space to ask a continuum of questions; from the basis of the advocacies to identifying disclosures post-VAWC acts to being a better ally to the general community, regardless of their gender expression. These questions then sparked discussions, facilitated by professionals of the field; Commissioner Percival Cendana; Chairperson of the National Convener of the Inter-Agency Group on Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health, Ms. John Lumapay; consultant and producer of PAGASA sa Makati, a community-based preventive education campaign on illegal drugs using integrated arts and Mr. Donn E. Gaba; senior researcher of University of Philippines Diliman Gender Office, simply to name a few.
I find it interesting that the project was strategically designed to give us an extensive understanding of gender and sexuality first before we dive into its practicalities. I would like to quote a relevant statement concluded from our discussion with Mr. Gaba, which centered on gender expression of a person being embedded in his or her biological built; to which he explained it is indeed an ongoing research. “Ultimately, having or not having ‘gay gene’ does not matter when in the end, it does not justify how we treat people of different gender expressions as human”. His statement was made in reference to the discrimination of LGBT+ rights in most ASEAN countries. While in Malaysia LGBT+ rights remain as a behind-the-curtain topic, in Thailand it has been far-and-wide tolerated albeit not yet championed. As for the Philippines, its advocacy has so far played a vital role in pushing for the rights to be justified in the country’s policies. Air Jordan 4 Cement “It is important to distinguish the very fact that while we have gender-responsive system complementing the government initiatives for the people, what happens in the Philippines is not an acceptance of LGBT+ rights but more towards tolerance of their existence,” said one of the Filipino delegates, who is also an LGBT+ activist working with the Philippines Commission on Women.
Gender and sexuality discourses aside, we moved on to the topic of VAW-C and established our understanding on its subtleties.
In many domestic violence cases, women and children are held back from responding out of fear of disclosure. These fears are then suppressed, which result in possible self-blaming and even self-harming. Ms. Lumapay, who was a nurse before she ventured into preventive education, presented to us cases whereby children who were groomed for sexual activities often have difficulties in expressing their discomfort. Most of the time it was due to parents being unable to see the indirect signs portrayed by their children, and sadly, it also because the perpetrators are often the people the children are related to. A simple case of trust could produce such a horrific experience for young children who do not deserve being harassed or harmed in any way. The session made us realised the importance of being a better responsive party for the survivors. “No amount of victim-blaming or shaming will solve the problem,” she emphasised, “and one must always bring forth honesty, earn the trust of the survivor and never make the mistake of compromising it.”
To better execute our projects before the second camp in Kuala Lumpur, we had the honour of being guided by Ms. Morgan Martinez and Mr. Yang Villa on topics of social media advocacy and project management respectively. Ms. Canotte nba a poco prezzo Martinez is International Republican Institute’s very own Deputy Director of Public Affairs Division who has trained over 100 YSEALI participants on delivering innovative stories online.
Mr. ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 Villa, on the other hand, is a man of diverse experience in business-merging and development objectives in Philippines’ water industry. He introduced us to the idea of human-centered project design in order to optimize the efficacy of our project planning. We ended the Kasarinlan ng Kasarian camp knowing that we were already equipped with enough sets of knowledge, exposure, and training to begin our advocacy journey with.
Out of the 3 outreach trips we did throughout the project, it is a sin for me to not include my observations throughout our visit in the rough district of Tondo. Tentatively, we had a scheduled visit to the Likhaan Women Reproductive Clinic in the afternoon. adidas neo Upon alighting our Uber, we figured that we are actually in an entirely different building from Likhaan’s headquarter.
As it started pouring outside, on top of a standstill traffic, we decided to brace the jet-black puddles and walk to the headquarter. It was a walk I will never, ever regret taking. Before my eyes, there stood a young girl who contentedly looked up to the gray skies, started taking off her t-shirt and played in the puddle by the roadside, next to the standstill. I passed by a group of 3 boys who were not slightly bothered by the signs of poverty lying all over the district—what mattered was now, they are able to shower while playing football on the heights of the crossover. Electric cables and poles in the streets looked as if they have not been maintained for the longest time. Jeepney honk blared as loud when half-dressed pedestrians started crossing the road without a care in the world. We were drenched, but we were also grateful. Out here in Tondo, there are families living in card box-sized shelters with their pet dogs, living off an average of 200 Pesos per odd job they have. If you ever wondered just how much 200 Pesos are able to sustain a person, it is roughly equivalent to RM20. Soon enough, we reached the headquarter, sat comfortably at the roundtable and had another introductory session with the founder of Likhaan and its community mobilisers. Air Jordan 1 For Kids Even then, it was beyond hard to digest let alone ponder on the images of humanitarian crisis we had just witnessed in the streets.
There’s only so much that I can include in this write-up without exhausting your attention to the gems I found in between the rocks. To say the least, the XX+XY project was an experience I am glad I underwent. It changed my perspective on the things I thought must be fixated due to the faith I hold and the culture I adopted. With that being said, the project did not end the minute each of us reached our home countries. Our next camp is due in late September, where we will gather once again to summarise the outcome of our self-initiated projects. In my case, I plan to propose a creative approach towards the integration of traditional gender roles in our society. It might be an art exhibition, or a performance gig—who knows? If you happen to have suggestions or simply interested in getting more insights from my trip to Quezon City, Metro Manila, feel free to reach me at email@example.com. I would be happy to assist you in any way.
Prepared by: Roshan Nigel Miranda On the 16th of June 2017, I was given the chance to represent United Nations Association of Malaysia as an official youth representative for the launching of the inaugural ASEAN circle dialogue. Garrett Richards Jersey It was held on Friday the 1th of June 2017 at Perdana Hall, MITI tower. I arrived just as Dato’ Rastam Mohd Isa was delivering his opening remarks before launching the dialogue. The crowd consisted of representatives from all sorts of organisations and NGOs around Malaysia. The representatives from the South East Asians nations were not to be missed as they did fill up an entire section to the left of the hall. The 2nd speech was delivered by Dato Seri’ Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture. He gave an overview on what exactly would happen throughout the dialogue and instilled upon us to be courageous in our questions and ensure that they are making an impact towards the role of the youths in ASEAN. Moving on to the dialogue, the moderator was Mr. Air Jordan 13 Firdaus Rosli, the Director of Economics in ISIS Malaysia. We had 3 speakers on the panel. ADIDAS VALCLEAN2 CMF Each speaker was allocated 10 minutes of speaking time and 25 minutes in total was allocated to questions from the floor. The first was Tan Sri Dato’Munir bin Abdul Majid, whom had highlighted on the role ASEAN plays in the certificate of origin and in stepping out to the next generation by bridging the gap using social media and technology. The 2nd speaker was Associate Professor Dr.
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Prepared by: Afif Ridhwan RoslanThe day was July 25th, that was the date of the 30th Annual General Meeting of UNAM. Maglie San Antonio Spurs The meeting discussed UNAM’s involvement in the area of diplomacy and human rights advocacy, as well as a nod to the UNAM Youth’s increased activity throughout the recent years.We convened at the Banquet Hall of Royal Selangor Golf Club off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Placed in the heart of Kuala Lumpur,
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If TN50 really intends to shape the future of Malaysia by turning our aspirations into public policy, it can start by acknowledging that we want a fair and equal Malaysia for all.
In his recent book ‘Thank You For Being Late’, author Thomas Friedman alludes to two eternal truths in the U.S. political arena, which are relevant the world over. “The DemocraticParty,” writes Friedman, “understands that culture shapes politics…[A]nd the Republican Party…understands that politics shapes culture.”
With the Transformasi Nasional 2050 initiative, the Malaysian government appears set on drawing up a roadmap for the 30-year gap in between Wawasan 2020 and 2050, and they have made a commendable effort in reaching out to the public to gather grassroots sentiments. In the years to come, we can likely expect the public policies drafted to reflect the various concerns and hopes we have voiced out – but are the aspirations being heard truly representative of everybody?
One year on from the release of the 2016 COMANGO Universal Period Review Mid-Term Review, civil rights progress has waxed and waned in timid steps. Together, we applauded as investigative journalism, first by The Malay Mail and then by the Star’s R.AGE team, successfully led to the tabling and passing of the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017, drawing together lawmakers from across the political divide in a rare show of bipartisan unity.
We criminalised sexual offences, but we didn’t criminalise child marriage.
In a formidable break with the ASEAN principle of non-interference, Prime Minister Najib Razak (rightfully) criticised the government of Myanmar for their persecution of Rohingya Muslims under the pretext of civil unrest, as they were hounded from their villages and the international community watched on.
A little over 4 months on, an expose by the Guardian highlighted the dismal conditions of refugee camps in Malaysia – camps where Rohingya Muslims were housed.
There are, of course, many other stories of mistreatment – whether of the LGBT community, or of stateless persons, and others. For people such as these, it is unlikely that their aspirations will ever be recorded in a townhall session with a minister; they may never have the chances that we do to voice out our hopes and dreams in public forums. It stands to reason, then, that we who have the opportunities to do so must speak out on behalf of them.
Can We Get a Roadmap, Please?
I recently had the privilege of attending a TN50xSDG conference at a local private university, along with some 300 other young Malaysian adults who wished to offer input on the nation’s future. Some of the questions voiced reflected the cosmopolitanism that has been bred into those of us who are fortunate – hard questions about affirmative action policies and the NEP, and on the stigma surrounding mental health, to name just a few. Through it all, there was an attempt to tie in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part and parcel of our TN50 roadmap, and how they were in some ways one and the same.
While it is certainly heartening that the new generation appears to have no qualms addressing the elephant(s) in the room, there is also the need for metrics to measure our successes by. Young adults genuinely concerned about our nation’s future can take heed, then: there are some ways in which we can influence the direction we are heading towards – even before 2050.
If we are serious about a more equal Malaysia 33 years from now, we can begin by pushing for our government to ratify and accede to the various conventions for civil rights as adopted by the many member states of the United Nations. In doing so, we will adopt the international standards of human rights that countries around the world follow – in theory, if not so much in practice.
Adopting these conventions (such as the 1951 Refugee Convention to safeguard the rights of refugees) will naturally ensure that our national laws be brought into accordance with these obligations and rules; alternatively, even if we do not choose to ratify them, we as concerned citizens can still pressure our lawmakers and representatives to in the very least attempt to align our laws with these international standards – and enforce them accordingly.
The Business of Nation-Building
Ultimately, however, the changes enshrined here will only be the product of a concerted and prolonged push by Malaysians who truly wish to see a different country come 2050. Through TN50, we have been given a chance to voice our hopes, dreams, and aspirations – and to hold the government accountable when the policies offered do not fully deliver on those things. Our sustained pressure on lawmakers as a generation of young leaders holds much promise: but only if we choose to get into – as a friend once put it – the business of nation-building.
We stand at a crossroads: our culture is to shape our politics for the next 33 years, and the politics of our nation will shape our culture for the foreseeable future. Are we prepared to demand a future that we know we can all be proud of, or are we satisfied with the mumbled, generic answer we will give about a “brighter, happier” future when we step up to speak into the microphone?
I don’t know about you, but I know where I’m heading from the crossroads. The only question is: are you coming too?
The views set out in this piece reflect the opinion of the writer, UNAM Youth Committee Member Tan Kian Leong.