This idea on Commonwealth Youth Movement came about when I was attending a town hall with Tim Hitchens (CEO, Commonwealth Summit 2018) and Kishva Ambigapathy (Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Council) on 18 July 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. During the engaging session with both Commonwealth leaders, it dawned on me that while there's much excitement and enthusiasm during the event, the conversation will quickly die off once the event is over. There must be a better way to not only continue the conversations on Commonwealth but to turn the ideas into action. After pitching to both Tim and Kishva, I told them I write to them on an idea to democratise access to the Commonwealth. And so, I did. 8 days later, after sharing the idea with Coordinator of Commonwealth Youth Council, I'd like to share it with you.
What do you think of this idea? Is it feasible? Am I missing out on any key points? Let me know in the comment section below.
3rd CPPS Malaysian Youth Public Policy Roundtable
CPPS’ 3rd Malaysian Youth Public Policy Roundtable Discussion was held at the Malaysian Houses of Parliament on the 18th of August 2016 and attended by 60 youth leaders. The theme for the day’s discussions was brain drain, with the overarching topic: “The Challenge of Retaining Talent in Malaysia”.
I had the chance to share the stage with my two friends -- youth leader Syed Saddiq and ASLI COO/CPPS Senior Director Ng Yeen Seen.
I took this opportunity to present a policy proposal for a Global Network of Malaysians (GNM).
my article published in Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia's focus magazine
Read the full article at http://www.isis.org.my/images/files/2016/isisfocus/isis_focus_issue-2-2016.pdf
Better Engaging ASEAN's Youth: Taking A Leaf from Obama's Playbook
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) has a young population with 65% under 35 years old – that is over 400 million out of 620 million ASEAN citizens. Hence, youth should be a top priority for these member states. From my observation, the U.S. has been more effective than ASEAN itself in engaging youth through its Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). With the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015, ASEAN can take a leaf from America’s book in forging ahead together to 2025.
Malaysia's Silent Killer
This article was featured in Organisation for National Empowerment (ONE)'s website.
Do you know anyone who has given bribes? I am sure many of us Malaysians do. Our country is infected with a cancer. If left unchecked, the cancer will spread everywhere and eventually kill Malaysia. My essay will touch on 3 points: the gravity of corruption; our current approach to tackling it; and how can we as a nation can do better in overcoming corruption.