Malaysian Youth Parliament – National Issues from the Viewpoint of Youth

Malaysian Youth Parliament

Information is a very important element for every human in their lives. We make decisions everyday; be it personal issues, family matters or even those affecting the country by relying on information that we can obtain.

During the prehistoric era, our forefathers then have very limited information. They communicated with fire, beacons, smoke signals or maybe the sound of drums and horns.

In 550 BC, the Persian King Cyrus the Great was believed to have invented the postal system. The new communication system was a breakthrough then. Information can be kept and archived. But posts and mails needed time to reach the people depending on the location and terrain of where the recipient lives. Sometimes, the intended information doesn’t reach to its target.

Then, people like Francis Ronald, Baron Schilling and many others innovated the communication tools. They invented the telegraph in the 1800s. People then could send information from different locations immediately by transmitting signals by using that device.

Voice communication was firstly invented by one of the greatest inventors ever, Alexander Graham Bell when he brought the first practical telephone in 1876 to the world. The famous and first sentence ever transmitted over voice is when he called his assistant, “Mr. Watson, Come here, I want to see you.”

After witnessing voice being able to transmitted from one place to another, the world witnessed another groundbreaking invention in the 19th century, the television.

Now, thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the youth today have access to information and communication more than ever at a lightning speed compared to our forefathers when they were youth. He is the inventor of the internet. The extensive information available in the internet enables the youth today to be more well-informed on every single matter that is related to their lives.

That leads to the belief that the current youth are able to articulate and matured enough in the context information availability to be part of the decision-making process at a higher level. Not only that they are able to make good decisions for themselves, but they are also able to make smart decisions on national issues and public policies. Hence, more and more governments in the world formed Youth Parliaments to listen more on the opinion of the youth. There are Youth Parliaments in the United Kingdom, Scotland, Pakistan, Australia, Africa and the latest is our own Malaysian government forming its own youth parliament this year.

Since the election of the Malaysian Youth Parliament members or the Ahli Parlimen Belia Malaysia (APBM) has been conducted last year, there are several different perceptions by the public of this Youth Parliament. Some questioned the purpose and relevance of it.

Being given the opportunity not only to witness, but to participate as one of the Malaysian Youth Parliament members, I opined that it is relevant as in developing the younger ones to be part of the decision-making process for the Government. Allow me to explain briefly on the process of the Youth Parliament.

Before each Youth Parliament session, the APBM engages their peers through various platforms and programs to understand their needs and concerns. The first draft of resolutions will then be proposed and discussed at the committee level. There are nine committees namely, Socio-economy; International and Diplomatic Relations; Security, Law and Integrity; Education and Career; Culture, Sports, Patriotism and Integration; Infrastructure, Development and Environment; Community Development and Health; Technology and Innovation; Spiritual and Religion.

After the first draft of resolution, the respective committees will conduct fact-checking with the related ministries, agencies, organizations, acts and laws. This is to avoid proposing bills that has already been debated in the Parliament or currently exists. Each committees will then meet up at the Pre-Youth Parliament session, which is two days before the official session to scrutinise and vote for the resolutions that will be brought up at the Youth Parliament session.

The official session takes another two days whereby all 133 APBMs will discuss and debate on the resolutions proposed by the committees. To me, the system of the debate is good as there are no Government nor Opposition. The APBMs will not debate for the sake of debating; but they debate on the relevance and practicality of the proposed resolution instead.

As the Youth Parliament session ends, all the resolutions that has been agreed by the majority of the APBMs will be compiled by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It will then be brought up to the Malaysian Cabinet Ministers for consideration to implement the ideas of the youth.

Although it is not a platform to make direct decisions for the Government, it encourages youth to think maturely and conduct fact-checking of the information that they receives daily. This should be strengthened and promoted by the APBMs through their engagement programs with their peers.

Despite the loads of information that the youth can source from the internet, a lot of them are unverified news and false claims. The youth may be more matured in the context of quantity of information, but they need to develop themselves to be matured in scrutinizing information.

The Youth Parliament is not platform to discuss on youth issues, but to discuss on national issues from the viewpoint of youth.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 16th January 2015.




Rakan-rakan sekalian,

Memperupayakan Belia merupakan salah satu daripada tiga teras utama di dalam manifesto saya untuk Parlimen Belia.

Memperupayakan Belia


Antara langkah-langkah saya ke arah teras tersebut adalah:

– Usaha meningkatkan penyertaan belia dalam hal-hal pembangunan negara dan isu-isu tempatan dari peringkat bawah ke atas melalui kempen kesedaran.
– Program-program pendidikan awam mengenai isu-isu semasa dan hal pembangunan negara.

– Usaha untuk melibatkan pertubuhan belia sebagai satu pentas untuk mendapatkan pendapat-pendapat anak muda.
– Menguatkan pertubuhan belia sebagai agen untuk penyatuan dan pembangunan belia.

– Mencadangkan bahawa Parlimen Belia diwartakan di dalam Akta Parlimen agar Parlimen Belia dapat diteruskan tidak kira siapa yang menjadi Menteri Belia & Sukan.

– Membentuk kerjasama di antara pihak-pihak berkepentingan di dalam belia termasuk Parlimen Belia, pertubuhan-pertubuhan belia, pemimpin-pemimpin belia dan pelajar-pelajar Institut Pendidikan Tinggi untuk membangunkan media belia bagi menerbitkan informasi-informasi untuk belia.

Sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk saya adalah amat diperlukan untuk merealisasikan perancangan-perancangan yang seperti saya impikan demi meningkatkan keupayaan belia di negara kita.

Pengundian untuk Parlimen Belia secara online akan bermula pada 22hb hingga 31hb Oktober 2014.

Dengan ikhlas hati, saya ingin memohon sokongan saudara-saudari sekalian untuk mengundi saya OOI ZHI YI – PP018 sebagai Ahli Parlimen Belia.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Calon Ahli Parlimen Belia Pulau Pinang
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Manifesto Kita Bersama

Salam sejahtera, rakan-rakan belia,

Belia Kita, belia Malaysia telah menjadi lebih kuat lagi, lebih berupaya sejak belia-belia yang terdahulu;

Ini merupakan jasa YB Khairy Jamaluddin dengan pasukannya di dalam Kementerian Belia dan Sukan. Idea Parlimen Belia dan pelaksanaannya telah mencapai suatu peristiwa, satu tahap di mana ia adalah berbaloi untuk anak-anak muda di seluruh negara untuk menyambut pencapaiannya.

Akan tetapi, sebesar mana kekuatan dan keupayaan diberikan kepada kita; sebagai Belia, kita tidak haruslah menyalahgunakan kekuatan tersebut. Kita mestilah menggunakan kekuatan tersebut demi manfaat dan kebaikan kepada komuniti belia di Malaysia.

Apabila Parlimen Belia bergerak dan dilaksanakan, ia memerlukan satu pasukan dan kerjasama yang kuat yang mewakili suara hati anak muda. Seseorang wakil yang boleh membawa isu-isu belia ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi. Seseorang wakil yang boleh menggerakkan dan merapatkan perhubungan di dalam Parlimen Belia dan seterusnya menguatkan organisasi tersebut sebagai suatu platform untuk mendidik, membangun dan mengilhamkan anak-anak muda.

Dengan rasa rendah hati, saya yakin yang saya mempunyai persefahaman di dalam komuniti belia ini, idea-idea bernas, dan semangat yang mendalam untuk membangunkan komuniti belia ini sebagai seorang wakil; jika dipilih.

Di dalam artikel-artikel dan infografik yang akan diterbitkan dalam sosial media saya sepanjang tempoh kempen, saya akan terangkan tiga teras utama dan lima tumpuan utama dalam manifesto saya sebagai calon ahli Parlimen Belia.

Tiga Teras Utama

  • Perpaduan Malaysia
  • Memperupayakan Belia
  • Pembangunan Belia

Lima Tumpuan Utama

  • Kos Sara Hidup yang Tinggi
  • Perumahan dan Kehidupan Bandar
  • Pendidikan
  • Pengangkutan dan Infrastruktur
  • Kemampanan Alam Sekitar

Tiga Teras Utama tersebut adalah tindakan-tindakan praktikal yang akan dicadangkan dan dilaksanakan secara kerjasama dengan wakil-wakil Parlimen Belia yang akan dipilih, dan juga bersama belia yang bersemangat dalam program-program pembangunan belia.

Manakala, Lima Tumpuan Utama merupakan suara hati dan isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan belia yang akan saya sampaikan kepada pihak kerajaan melalui Parlimen Belia.

Parlimen Belia bukanlah mengenai atau menjadi satu fokus kepada mana-mana satu individu, ia haruslah menjadi satu kerjasama di antara wakil-wakil yang dipilih bersama dengan setiap orang anak muda di negara kita. Dan anak-anak muda itu adalah KITA, BERSAMA!

Yang benar,

Ooi Zhi Yi


Manifesto Kita Bersama

Dear You(th),

Our Youth, Malaysian Youth is stronger than ever, empowered than ever;

Thanks to the leadership of YB Khairy Jamaluddin and his team in the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Youth Parliament idea and its implementation have achieved a milestone, a point for all Malaysian youth to celebrate our empowerment.

But as much as the power is given to us, youth, must not misuse the power. We must use the power for the benefit and the betterment for our youth community.

As the Youth Parliament moves forward and commence, it will need a team of collaborative and to represent the voice of the youth community. A representative who can bring the concerns of the youth up to the next level. A representative who can mobilize everyone connected to the Youth Parliament and strengthen the organization and to utilize the platform as a means for educating, developing and inspiring youth.

I am confident that I have the understanding of the youth community, the ideas and the deep passion to develop the youth community that qualifies me as one of the representative.

In my articles and inforgraphics that follows up through the campaigning period, I will explain the three pillars and five concerns of my candidacy for the Member of Youth Parliament.

Three Key Pillars

  • Malaysian Unity
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Youth Development

Five Key Concerns

  • High Cost of Living
  • Housing & Urban Living
  • Education
  • Transport & Infrastructure
  • Environment Sustainability

The Three Key Pillars are the practical action steps that I will propose and take collaboratively with fellow representatives together with a team of passionate Malaysian youth.

Meanwhile, the Five Key Concerns are voices and issues concerning the youth that I will highlight to the Government through the advocacy campaigns.

The Youth Parliament has never been about any particular individual, it should be a collaboration of the representatives and also every single youth in the country working together. And it is WE, TOGETHER.

Yours sincerely,

Ooi Zhi Yi