UndiMsia! Calls On Youths To Take Active Role In Nation Building

Kuala Lumpur, 12 September 2011 — UndiMsia! urges young Malaysians to participate in nation building within their own communities. A movement targeting youths aged between 18 to 35, UndiMsia! aims to provide tools and workable solutions to problems that matter to young Malaysians. The movement is looking to build, mobilise, organise and support young Malaysians to take impactful action with tangible results in their own communities.

“We want to work with the youth of Malaysia and empower them to take ownership on issues they feel strongly about. We believe the best way to address these issues is through greater participation in their respective communities and via engagement with elected representatives. UndiMsia! hopes to assist young Malaysians to ask the right questions and make informed choices when they vote,” said Zain HD, spokesperson of UndiMsia!.

The movement will host its first formal public appearance at a fund-raising event at Leonardo’s on Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, in conjunction with the Malaysiaku Street Festival on 16 September 2011. Themed “Imagining a Tastier Democracy”, the event will see a mock elections and performances by celebrities.

“UndiMsia! is a voter education initiative but it is not just about the vote. UndiMsia! emphasises citizen empowerment prior to and after the vote. We are an education movement aimed at promoting and enhancing greater participation by young Malaysians in our country’s democratic process,” he added.

Zain said UndiMsia! will focus on three key areas in the next one year — socio-economic rights, civil and political rights, as well as the Budget. Under socio-economic rights, the movement will focus on food and housing, and in civil and political rights they will address the issue of freedom of expression. Following the announcement of the Budget later this year, UndiMsia! will analyse and discuss the allocations for education and how it will affect Malaysia’s youths.

“We are fiercely non-partisan, interested only in citizen education. The UndiMsia! community is already about 500 members strong and from diverse backgrounds. We look forward to collaborate with any individual or organisation that supports our vision and principles,” he said.

UndiMsia! hopes to run projects and build alliances with youths nationwide. Those interested to join the movement can meet with UndiMsia! organisers/campaigners every Saturday from 11am to 12pm at PusatRakyatLB, 3-4, Jalan Bangsar Utama 3, Bangsar or contact them at the following :

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