Malaysiana Youth and Women Empowerment 2018

Head of General Studies Department Mohamad Zaki Samsudin giving his opening remarks prior to the start of the Malaysiana Youth and Women Empowerment 2018.
 Syahredzan Johan, political secretary to Iskandar Puteri parliamentarian, explaining to the KDU’s General Studies students that to what extent Malaysia is practicing the freedom of speech as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
Dewan Negara Senator YB Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff delivering his keynote speech on the topic of Youth and Women Empowerment during the Malaysiana Youth and Women Empowerment 2018 organised by KDU’s General Studies Department. Merdeka Center facilitator Mohd Hariszuan Jaharudin asking the Youth and Activism workshop participating students to draw the things they felt best represent politicians and activisms in the country.
The KDU’s General Studies Department had a successful and lively engagement session with the students during their annual Malaysiana Youth and Women Empowerment programme.
As a prelude for the programme, the department organised an exhibition on traditional games in Malaysia at the KDU Utropolis Glenmarie campus foyer, exposing KDU students to some of the popular traditional games that were played in the 80s and 90s. All the participating students had lots of fun testing their skills and wit on some of the games on displayed such as congkak, batu seremban, gasing, lompat getah, checkers, and guli, among others.
Moving forward, the annual programme then got underway with a forum discussing on the issues of freedom of speech, its limitation and the challenges and opportunities experienced by the youth in the country.
Two invited panellists, Syahredzan Johan and Daniel Teoh, together with KDU’s Mass Communication lecturer Zan Azlee, had a fruitful and impactful discussion session with the students. To ensure the students could understand what is freedom of speech and expression and what is not, Syahredzan showed the attendees few photos which allegedly violated the freedom of speech and expression, committed either by individuals or by the previous government administration.
Syahredzan also highlighted to the students what are among the limitations for freedom of speech and expression in Malaysia as well as the challenges that individual may face in exercising their rights to freedom of speech and expression.
For the second half of the information-packed forum, Teoh explained to the students the challenges and opportunities experienced by the youth in the country towards nation building, and how some of the new laws implemented that will impact them in the long run.
The programme then continued in the afternoon session with a special keynote speech by Dewan Negara Senator YB Mohd Yusmadi Yusoff on the topic of Youth and Women Empowerment. The keynote speech delivered address the role of youth and women in nation building. Prior to the keynote speech, three students namely Aisyah Hanna, Iman Aidan and Teh Yu Gin, took center stage and shared with the audience their thought on youth and women empowerment. It was truly an informative and eventful programme for the students in attendance.
The annual programme ended with a workshop, conducted by Merdeka Center facilitators, Mohd Hariszuan Jaharudin and Diyva Devi. The workshop, which seeks to nurture the spirit of activism amongst the youth in Malaysia, saw the active participation of 20 selected KDU students as the facilitators highlighted and explained to them the agenda of youth and activism through various interesting games. The workshop also sees to highlight participants’ role as active citizen in the country.