Fear is a bad thing in politics. If we're too scared to tackle the hard issues that are prevalent in Malaysian politics, we're not able to act to stop the injustices that result from these issues. As the rakyat, we have the right to have a say in how government is run, no matter which social class, education background or race you belong to. Government has no right to suppress your freedom of speech and assembly required to assert your opinions.
In order to highlight the injustices in our system of government, we must first talk about difficult subjects that we tend to steer away from. We always observe these difficult subjects in daily life, but we don't think anything more from it. An example of this is race and racism, and the reasons why the government privileges one race over another as a way to control its people.
You can start talking to family and friends about these subjects. They can offer a perspective on the subject you may have not heard of, or even offer their own experiences to add some context to the discussion. Some tips to get started are:
Within the last few months, many new organisations have sprouted out to advocate for the rights of marginalised people and to protest the state of politics in our country. It's good to participate in these groups to gain a fuller perspective as to what political alternatives are out there, and to also discuss and advance your political causes.
Some of these groups hold public meetings and reading groups which you may attend. Give them a call, and ask about what their political principles are. See if these principles align to your beliefs, and go to a few of their events to get a sense of whether their actions coincide with their principles. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you find any contradictions or if you don't understand their aims and actions.
These groups may also hold rallies and protests as a show of force for or against something. Consider going to these rallies as you'll get to meet different people to discuss and deepen your perspectives on the issues you have with your government.
Volunteering for community events are also the core of some of these NGOs. They may deal specifically with marginalised groups like the hardcore poor, disaster-affected people, refugees, Orang Asli and LGBTIQ+ people. Volunteering is an excellent way to get to know the struggles of these people, and this adds more depth to your understanding of privilege and subordination in p
Asking questions is the easiest way to keep anyone in authority accountable - as long as you keep pressing them for answers. You can ask anyone in government, whether it may be an ADUN, MP, a ministry, minister or even the Prime Minister for answers to a question. They are obliged to answer to you as you're their responsibility. They have a duty of care to ensure your questions get answered. Some ways you can ask a question is to:
If the answer is not to your satisfaction, you can ask for clarifications and evidence. This has to be provided to you.
You can express your political opinions through different methods: