UN General Assembly: Moderation

General Assembly, is the official meeting of the members of an organization or of their representatives.

Last week, people throughout the globe kept their eyes and ears on one of the largest General Assembly; the 69th United Nations (UN) General Assembly held at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

UN General Assembly

Many were inspired by the speech of Emma Watson advocating for gender equality and Leonardo DiCaprio  addressing the crowd on climate change. It is always inspiring to see influential figures campaigning for a good cause because people are more likely to follow their footsteps.

Apart from these popular figures in the world, one of the topic that has been discussed that has caught my attention is MODERATION.

This issue was raised none other than our own Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. His popularity in the country or internationally is another issue, but let’s discuss about moderation which is far more important.

From his speech, there are several sentences that has caught my attention.

“The fight against extremism is not about Christians versus Muslims or Muslims versus Jews but moderates versus extremists of all religion.”

“By demonstrating moderation in the political process, we can ensure no one is left outside society.”

“By practicing moderation in religion, we can marginalize the extremists.”

“We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other. We should commit to more inclusive politics.

As far as I am concerned of all religions that existed in the world, there is none of any religion that teaches hatred and causing pain to one another. All religions teaches morality and showing respect to one another. It is the extremists that incites hatred into the people and eventually causes pain.

The pain, physically or emotionally caused by extremists might have caused them to gain power, but at the same time it creates hatred to the ones that are in pain and therefore seek for a revenge in the future. And thus, this creates a cycle that will never ends and both sides keeps on hurting one another until someone decided to become moderate and put it a stop.

As a youth and my peers which will have many more years ahead to live in the country, we should take the initiative to advocate for moderation among each other. Let us marginalize extremism.

I believe moderation is one of the major key to a stronger and better country. I believe in moderation. We believe in moderation.

 

“What is objectional, what is dangerous about extremists is not they are extreme but they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” – Robert F. Kennedy

The Voices of the Youth

Democracy existed in Malaysia since decades ago.

63 years ago, our forefathers witnessed the first local election in the George Town municipal council. 59 years ago, the first Malaya General Elections before the nation achieved its independence. The people of Malaysia have witnessed and conducted democracy at different levels; in the Government, in organizations, and even students in school. Sometimes, when family needs to decide where to go for dinner, they vote. Today, as a nation, we have achieved another new milestone, which is the election for Youth Parliament.

I am proud to be one of the generation that lived, not only to see the birth of the Youth Parliament, but to participate in it.

My fellow Malaysian youth,

I was born, bred and taught in Malaysia as most of us are. As typical Asians, we were always taught from young that we must listen and obey to our parents, our teachers and those who are older than us. We were told that we must not defy our parents words or we will be deemed as a rebel. Some parents even go to the extreme of deciding on their children’s education, job and even love for them. It is a norm for a typical Asian family that “adults command, children listen”.

Please don’t get me wrong. I totally agree that respect to the elders is one of the most important value of all and I am definitely proud that all Malaysian families teaches that. But at the same time, I believe in youth’s right to voice their thoughts and expression. Youth may not be right but so do adults, that is why there are lifelong-learning courses available throughout the world. It shows that adults needs to learn too.

Youth today, has the opportunity of experiencing early education; some smarter kids even have the ability to enter the university at a much younger age. With the advancement of technology and internet, youth can obtain extensive information and learn almost about anything and everything. And the Government accepted the idea. They accepted the idea by providing us an official platform to voice out our ideas and our needs; the Youth Parliament.

Today, I am proud to be nominated as one of the candidate to contest as the Youth Parliament member. And today, I say to all Malaysians across this great nation; I am contesting not to lead you. I am contesting to bring your voices, your ideas, your suggestions throughout the nation. I am contesting to bring all of us, youth – together to form a force to bring development for the nation. I am contesting for the betterment of ourselves – YOUTH.

My fellow Malaysian youth of today, we are better equipped with information to make better analytic decisions compared to the previous generations when they were at our age. Youth today does not necessarily need to be only a follower, we are able to lead. Let us do this together.

KITA BERSAMA!