Youth Economic Forum 2018: Special Address by YB Syed Saddiq

On 27 October 2018, Syed Saddiq, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Malaysia has delivered a special address at the Youth Economic Forum (YEF) 2018 which was held at Securities Commission of Malaysia in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur on that day. At the end of his speech, he has answered some questions from the participants of the forum.

Question: Do you think that the government should prioritize between fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto or making unpopular decisions for the sake of our economic sustainability?

His answer is recorded in the video below:

In addition to the video above, we have summarized the following points:

Self-sustained Democratic System: The government needs to create a democratic system that is self-sustainable that even if in the future if the government changes, the abuse of power can be minimized or completely taken out. The people would still be empowered.

Academic Freedom: He mentioned how the current government is taking steps to abolish AUKU to ensure greater freedom of speech among the students. Talks are in place to ensure that academic freedom is practised among the students and those who are studying abroad will not be harassed anymore.

Institutional Reforms: Each ministry has their own list of reforms, at the same time we must follow the due process. Anti-Fake News Act, AUKU and the moratorium on the death penalty are among the items that are currently being discussed at the parliament.

Youths Under 30: Some of the NGOs which are receiving substantial fund from the government have people in their leadership boards up to 40 years old. In 1970s, we did consider the youths are those below 30 years but somehow the previous leaders change the definition to include those below 40 years old as well. Now, the government is redefining it as below 30 again with an amendment scheduled to be tabled in 2019.

Voting Age: The government is taking the necessary steps to lower the minimum voting age to 18.

Returning the Power to the People: In essence, the new government aspires to give more power to the people. Returning the power to the media is part of it so that the people will be free to express themselves. It will take some time but it must be done because we owe a duty to the electorates.

Reflection and Notes

He likes to take questions from the audiences. Similar behavior can also be observed with the previous Youth and Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ). IN YEF 2018, participants are allowed to ask questions using Slido platform, which makes use of their own smartphones. Participants will have the opportunity to write their questions using their own smartphone and the questions will be displayed on the huge screen. However, YB Syed Saddiq did not seem to be fully aware of this. Maybe he prefers to take direct questions from the audiences instead.

On October 16th 2018, YB Dr. Maszlee Malik, the Malaysian Education Minister has said the amendment to AUKU will be tabled in December 2018 (source: NST).

Promise 17: Ensure transparency and robustness of our election system – In page 48, the Buku Harapan 2018 (English version) says the Pakatan Harapan Government will lower the voting age limit to 18 years. Besides, they also will enable automatic registration of voters based on details at the National Registration Department (NRD).

In essence, while he did not address the question directly, he emphasized the importance of fulfilling the promises made in the manifesto. He has also outlined the steps being taken by the current government to fulfil the promises made in the manifesto. In regards to economic affairs, most probably he did not touch much of it as it is not directly in his portfolio as the Minister of Youth and Sports.

[ Review ] Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy

Pascasejarah is a Malay-language fiction book written by Fahd Razy, a young author based in Terengganu, Malaysia.

Pascasejarah: the book

Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy
Pascasejarah by Fahd Razy

I managed to finish the book in just several days because it is quite easy to read. Nevertheless, the selection of words and phrases in the book almost always leaves me in awe while reading it.

The setting of the book is some time in the future. Alternate forms of civilization are forming in place of ruins left by today’s civilization. Through the setting, Pascasejarah brings you to a journey through an era in the future. The book comes with a premise that history always repeats itself. There are plot twists in almost every chapter. At the end of each chapter, I silently wished that the chapters can be longer with more details about the plot twist. Maybe the omission of detail is deliberate so that we can think of the additional details by our own.

Pro (or not so pro) tip: If you want to go through the book at your own time, I would recommend you to read the book chapter by chapter. This is because the chapters are sorted in a loose chronology. Besides, the book also appears to be some form of hybrid between a full-fledged novel and a collection of short stories.

Pascasejarah: the author

A doctor by profession, Fahd Razy has introduced himself before through various writings about life as a doctor. He was also actively involved in Grup Karyawan Luar Negara (GKLN), a small group of writer community among Malaysian students overseas.

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall, Kuala Lumpur – 4 Sep 2017

Recently I visited Jamaica Blue coffee shop at Melawati Mall in Kuala Lumpur. For the uninitiated, Melawati Mall is a new shopping mall located at Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall - 4 Sep 2017
Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall – 4 Sep 2017

The menu offering is quite diverse and customers must place their order at the cashier counter. Then, the waitstaff will be deliver your order to you after they have finished preparing it. While the ambiance feels very much like other coffee shops, the order system is similar like Old Town café, which requires payment in advance.

Three Cheese Macaroni - Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall - 4 Sep 2017
Three Cheese Macaroni – Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall – 4 Sep 2017

Jamaica Blue, Melawati Mall menu

During our visit, the cashier was friendly and recommended us some specials from the café. However, I was more inclined to their three cheese macaroni. Hence, I ordered that item.

Pricing for beverage is not transparent. Only a single price is shown although the beverage comes in three sizes. This has created a negative experience for consumers as they often end up paying more when they decided to go for larger cup of coffee. Creativity is more than welcomed but there is no need to reinvent the wheel. If Starbucks and many orher coffee shops can be transparent with their pricing, why can’t you?

 

MyKuali Penang White Curry

MyKuali is a Malaysian instant noodle brand. Their Penang White curry is our favorite.

Although the price is quite expensive for an instant noodle, it is totally worth it.


Pro tip: for Penang White Curry flavor, try to cook it with less gravy. Since you are not able to eat it while it is still piping hot, do not immerse the noodle in the gravy for too long while cooking. After it softens, turn off the stove, allowing the noodle to soften even more while it is cooling down.