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Melbourne

The Melbourne Chapter.

Melbourne is our largest chapter, and we are mostly based at and around the University of Melbourne. We have members from Monash University plus participants from RMIT and other campuses as well.

The Melbourne chapter hosts a regular discussion series called “Malaysiaku” where we discuss Malaysian politics, issues and culture in an interesting and in-depth manner. Past discussion topics include 1MDB, Dr Mahathir’s political legacy and the Yasmin Ahmad classic Sepet. We run discussions once every two weeks on Friday evenings (during semester time) at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre in Carlton, a short walk from the University of Melbourne.

All are welcome to attend and contribute. Light snacks, drinks and prayer room are provided. Follow us on Facebook for information about topics and times!

The Melbourne chapter also organised the Bersih 4 and 5 rallies with our friends at Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia. In 2016, the team launched a Working While Studying campaign to raise awareness for the rights international students have at work.

Contact us

Jason Wong at +61 456 624 661.

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Malaysiaku: Feminism in Malaysia

Malaysiaku: Feminism in Malaysia

Thanks everybody who came to our second Malaysiaku this year on Feminism in Malaysia, especially those who met us at the Malaysian Contingent at the International Women’s Day march. We’ve prepared this summary for those of you who couldn’t make it.

In this session we went into a brief history of women’s involvement in social movements in Malaysia, the start of what might be described as our modern “feminist” movements, and the political issues faced by women in Malaysia today.

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Malaysiaku: Ketuanan Melayu

Malaysiaku: Ketuanan Melayu

Thanks to everybody who came along to our first meeting of the year on Ketuanan Melayu. We’ve prepared this summary for those of you who couldn’t make it.

Introduction

We started with a brief background on the meaning of ketuanan Melayu. Ketuanan Melayu as a term only came into vogue in the early 2000s, but conceptually the idea that Malays have dominance over the land (with Ketuanan Melayu literally translating to Malay Dominance/Ownership) far predates our Independence, having its roots in British colonial policy of appeasing the Malay feudal class.

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Summary of Pakatan Harapan Meeting

Summary of Pakatan Harapan Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came for our first meeting of Semester two! We had a wide-ranging discussion about the recent leadership announcement by Pakatan Harapan (PH) and the current prospects for the impending general election.

Our presenter gave a brief overview of the contents of the announcement, including the breakdown of the leadership lineup, the first-100-days plan, and a short history of the Harapan coalition. We then moved to consider what effect Bersatu’s entrance into PH has had on its policy platform, and the potential outcomes for a Pakatan/BN victory in GE14. Finally we looked at the possibility that we may be facing a “lesser-evil” style choice, and looked at the example of France and the US to see what civil society and activist groups were doing around the elections.

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