The Citizens’ Agenda Malaysia 2022

The Citizens’ Agenda Malaysia

Photo by Thilipen Rave Kumar

Your voice and concerns matter.

We believe in the people of Malaysia.

The mainstream media tends to cover elections in Malaysia in a really trivial way. This approach alienates people who want to have a real discussion about the issues. It treats citizens as passive participants in the electoral process. Citizens deserve better. 

Participate in The Citizens’ Agenda and tell us what issues do you consider important to Malaysia!

Read the reports:

Guide our coverage

With the Malaysia General Election right around the corner, your concerns can help guide our coverage. New Naratif will produce articles shaped by these issues across all of our formats so that you can make informed decisions. 

Join our Democracy Classrooms

New Naratif’s Democracy Classroom is a space to articulate thoughts that you might not have had the opportunity to voice before. Join in on discussions around the important issues facing Malaysia and be politically engaged. 

Rank the most important issues

In stage 2, we share the top issues that emerged from our surveys and ask people in Malaysia to pick and rank the 5 most important issues facing the country. Cast your vote and shape the future! 

Stay engaged

Invite your friends and family to respond to our public survey. Be the first to learn of upcoming democracy classrooms and receive curated reading lists in preparation of the next General Election by signing up for our weekly newsletter. 

What do you think the candidates should be talking about as they compete for your votes in the upcoming general election?

New Naratif’s coverage on Malaysia highlights underreported issues by mainstream media. This is what the people of Malaysia have to say:

“For my Malaysian [male] colleagues overseas, all their [children] are Malaysian. They don’t have to come back, they don’t have to make the choice that I have made. It’s just not fair.”

“Climate change concerns have made more people aware of the urgent need to protect our remaining forests to mitigate the impacts of global temperature rise.”

Alicia Teoh

The Shah Alam Community Forest Society fighting to save the Shah Alam forest

“I was surprised when my birth certificate was amended to ‘non-citizen’, but I was too young to understand the situation. I thought it was just temporary while waiting to obtain my IC.”

Wong Kueng Hui

He fought for citizenship in the country of his birth – and won!

Be a part of The Citizens’ Agenda.

New Naratif is the antidote to the common question “So much is wrong with the world, what can I do?” ​​We believe a better world is possible, so we provide information that not only brings problems to your attention but also brings people together through our community engagement and civic participation activities for seeking collective solutions. 

Using The Citizens’ Agenda, we will help ensure that the election coverage focuses on the issues that you, our community, care about. Here’s how The Malaysia Citizens’ Agenda works: 

Stage 1: Take the Survey

We will use a professional survey platform to survey 1,200 people in Malaysia: In your opinion, what issues do you consider important to Malaysia? What do you think the candidates should be talking about as they compete for your votes in the upcoming next general elections? Using this platform means we will get a statistically representative sample across Malaysia that accurately reflects the country’s great diversity.

At the same time, we also want to hear from our New Naratif community. We will invite you to answer the same questions via a public survey.

We then separately analyse and produce a list of responses from both groups (the professional survey sample and the public community).

Stage 2: Rank the Most Important Issues

We share the top issues that emerged from our surveys and ask people in Malaysia to pick and rank the 5 most important issues facing their respective countries. 

Stage 3: Understand the Issues

We publish our findings from both surveys: Singapore and Malaysia. We also commission and produce articles, podcasts, and explainers in order to help people better understand these issues. 

Stage 4: Participate in Democracy Classrooms 

We use our findings and resources to create a series of Democracy Classrooms to educate and empower our community to take action for the next elections. 

New Naratif’s The Citizens’ Agenda was launched in 2019 to address the question of “How do those who never have a chance to have a direct conversation with candidates and party leaders get their concerns on the agenda?” We received over 400 responses from the people of Singapore and summarised them into a list of 28 most important issues facing Singapore. Soon after, we commissioned articles shaped by these issues across all of our formats. Before the 2020 Singapore General Election, we launched a collection of articles in a single book, The Singapore Citizens’ Agenda. We also invited every political party to address these issues and listed all their responses.

In 2022, we expanded The Citizens’ Agenda to include Malaysia. Here are some of our most-read stories on issues in Malaysia: