The future of this great nation lies in your hands, young Malaysians told
The Star newspaper, 20th November 2014
PETALING JAYA: Youths are calling on fellow young Malaysians to defend the country’s moderate stance in facing all social ills afflicting the nation.
“Ultimately, young people must know that the future of this great nation lies in their hands,” said 24-year-old Zaim Mohzani, a Bachelor of Arts graduate in political science and international relations.
The young community manager at a tech start-up company, who is a member of Toastmasters International and newly formed Organisation for National Reconciliation (ONE), among others, believes that apathy is among the biggest obstacles to moderation as people feel they cannot do much.
“The greatest injustice is surrendering our ability to make change to the politicians.
“It’s high time the silent majority stands up and speaks out. At the end of the day, it’s the rakyat who charts the course for Malaysia,” said Zaim, a former Perdana Fellows Programme participant.
By bringing people together, he said, there can be exchanges of views and ideas to foster moderation.
“The youths can promote moderation if they self-organise at the grassroots level to address local issues such as crime and dengue.
“Self-organising can be anything from gootng-royong to visiting old folks homes,” added Zaim.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2014/11/20/defend-countrys-moderate-stance-the-future-of-this-great-nation-lies-in-your-hands-young-malaysians