Efforts of unsung heroes must continue for better 2018

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Pic drawn from FMT News

Klang MP Charles Santiago says answer for the country’s woes is in the people’s continuous demand for good governance, transparency and accountability. – Pic drawn from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: In a New Year message, DAP’s Charles Santiago lauded the efforts of the nation’s “unsung heroes” who have shown in the past year a desire for a better Malaysia.

Calling them extraordinary, the Klang MP said it also proved that ultimately, the responsibility for a better Malaysia lies with the public.

“I would like to celebrate the unsung heroes who fought for a better Malaysia despite knowing that it would be an arduous battle.

“The answer for the country’s woes is in the continuous demand for good governance, transparency and accountability from both ruling and opposition politicians,” he said in a statement, listing some of the issues which hit the headlines in the past 12 months. Read more

Activism & Capitalism: Contradiction or Compromise?

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Remember Kendall Jenner and the Pepsi ad? Or Starbucks and their deaf employees program, and fair trade coffee? Recently we have seen a surge in the commodification of activism: the world’s major brands are cashing in on social causes and activist rhetoric. In this forum, we critically probe into the trend’s implications. Is the corporate structure finally recognising the importance of humanitarian issues? Or is this merely another stunt for profit? Or does it signal a defeat for social justice, given that we must now play ball with corporations to get things done? How should activists balance moral integrity with practical concerns? How might this work in Kuala Lumpur, where developers and corporations are eating into marginalised spaces? Projek Dialog, once again raises the tough questions.

Panelists:

Michelle Yesudas (Amnesty International Malaysia)
Azrul Mohd Khalib (IDEAS)
Syerleena Rashid (Democratic Action Party)
Yuva Balan (Sosialis Alternatif – Malaysia)

Moderator: Victoria Cheng (Projek Dialog)

This event is organised in conjunction with Art For Grabs “ReVisit Kuala Lumpur Year 2017” at Urbanscapes