Empowerment comes in many forms and like we always say, "Youth is no handicap when it comes to helping those in need".
So for our third story in the "Change The World" series, we found Hannah Kam, a lady who aims to empower youths in the name of building a better Malaysia.
How was ONE conceived?
We are actually friends and like-minded people who wanted to start an organisation to ensure that Malaysia has a positive and strong future. In recent years, there has been a lot of negativity in the country.
I’m not going to say whether or not it’s justified but I feel that if people are going to criticise, they should do it constructively; rather than saying, “This is bad.” – we should say, “This is how we can improve things.”
So what is the goal of ONE?
With ONE, we set up innovative reforms that we hope Malaysia can achieve by 2057, the 100th anniversary of our independence. We want to encourage the youth of today – who are the leaders of tomorrow – to get involved in ensuring that their future is secured.
Why did you specifically choose to focus on building a better nation for Malaysia?
Out of love for my country. I think there’s too much negativity especially amongst my generation; negativity without any sort of constructiveness.
There isn’t a solid solution to the problems, or at least an attempt to work towards a solution. I studied overseas for approximately six years but ultimately Malaysia is home and I feel that every Malaysian has a responsibility to play a role in securing the future of our country.
How do you see the progress so far?
I cannot guarantee that we at ONE can change everything. I don’t even know if we can guarantee a change in 30 or 40 years, but what I do know for sure is that if we don’t try, things are definitely not going to go well for us as a country.
As the younger generation of today, we definitely want to work towards a better Malaysia for our children and grandchildren.
If you could change the world, what aspect of it would you change and how?
I want to change the way people think of education. It’s not just instilling academic learning in children, but also values that they may not necessarily teach in schools like punctuality, decorum in public places and cleanliness.
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This article is originally published in our L'Officiel Malaysia May 2017 print edition.
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