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We focus on writing pieces which explain complicated topics, providing a platform for diverse views and perspectives often neglected in Malaysian media.

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We Need to Do Something About Child Sexual Abuse in Malaysia

We Need to Do Something About Child Sexual Abuse in Malaysia

Mikhail HanafiDecember 4, 202010 min read

Imagine being trapped in a house with your abuser with nowhere to go; that’s the situation many children found themselves in during the pandemic. During the MCO in March–May 2020,…

Child Marriage in Malaysia: Why Is This Still a Thing?

Child Marriage in Malaysia: Why Is This Still a Thing?

Calan EskandarNovember 25, 20208 min read

All children deserve the right to education and the right to decide their future. That shouldn’t be an uncontroversial statement. Yet somehow, in many parts of Malaysia today, it still…

Representasi Komuniti Terpinggir Dalam Kerajaan – Di manakah mereka?

Representasi Komuniti Terpinggir Dalam Kerajaan – Di manakah mereka?

Wan IrdinaNovember 20, 20209 min read

Baru-baru ini, Jacinda Ardern telah dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri New Zealand untuk kali kedua dengan kemenangan yang besar. Beliau telah mengambil peluang ini untuk membina sebuah kerajaan dan parlimen yang…

Sexual Harassment in Malaysia: What Are Your Rights?

Sexual Harassment in Malaysia: What Are Your Rights?

Calan EskandarOctober 29, 20209 min read

On the 1st of October this year, SAYS published an article exposing a Malaysian Telegram group called V2K consisting of 35,000 members who were sharing explicit photos of women without…

Who Protects Our Rivers? Anti-Pollution Laws in Malaysia

Who Protects Our Rivers? Anti-Pollution Laws in Malaysia

Mikhail HanafiSeptember 30, 20207 min read

In early September 2020, residents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor found themselves in an unexpected water shortage. A over 1.2 million people were affected, with some experiencing the sudden loss…

Malaysian Trade Unions: The Missing Shield

Malaysian Trade Unions: The Missing Shield

Calan EskandarSeptember 16, 20208 min read

Picture this: you’re working on a FELDA plantation. The hours are long, your pay has stayed the same for years, while the cost of all of your basic necessities steadily…

Pekerja Migran di Malaysia: Terlepas Pandang?

Pekerja Migran di Malaysia: Terlepas Pandang?

Wan IrdinaSeptember 16, 20209 min read

Saya dibesarkan oleh seorang wanita bernama Kakakcu yang berasal dari Indonesia. Saya menganggap dia sebagai darah daging saya sendiri. Setelah mencecah umur 28 tahun, Kakachu telah berhijrah ke Malaysia untuk…

What Does it Mean to be Poor in Malaysia?

What Does it Mean to be Poor in Malaysia?

Mikhail HanafiSeptember 16, 20208 min read

On the surface, Malaysia is developing quite nicely. In Kuala Lumpur, we have skyscrapers, luxury malls, and Michelin Star restaurants. However the reality is not so clear cut.  In 2020,…