Everything happens for a reason. Of course, you can say ‘like attracts like’, and that is also probably another reason how I found out about this organised study visit to the Selangor State Assembly. The fruitful visit – organised by Power Shift Malaysia, a youth organisation where the younger generation strives to redeem the public attention towards the climate crisis – is a testimony of why I should be convinced that waking up early on a Monday morning, and driving one hour to Shah Alam to visit a mundane-looking governmental organisation is worth every pounce of the effort.
Why is it fruitful?
I always wonder, what is so amazing about watching something live? The answer is: the experience.
We learn and collect informations through sounds, sights, scent, surrounding energies and the people that were present in the experience itself. Hence, touring around the Dewan, watching the 13th Conference of the assembly live from the visitor seating area, learning about the state legislative and their website at dewan.selangor.gov.my (yes, their website is quite up-to-date, thanks to the dedicated Azira, Head of the Research Unit of the Speaker’s Office), meeting the honourable Speaker, YB Hannah Yeoh, and the current Executive Committee member in charge of Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, YB Elizabeth Wong – are all part of my knowledge of the Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor now.
Did I also mention that they served vegan lunch consisted of spicy delicious curry, fragrant black pepper seitan and long beans? It is really not very difficult to earn a space in my heart, as far as a veggo tag is present, you have my keen eyes.
Hence, this study visit to Dewan Negeri Selangor, where the state laws are discussed, passed and enforced – would be considered as one of my baby steps, towards delving deeper to the solutions of any climate crisis, social problems and education gaps. I truly believe that public policy, the principled guide to action taken by the admins of the government and organizations, is the best platform to effect large-scale social and economic justice gradually. Public law and policies govern actions of people, and organizations, and subsequently their thoughts. In time, this becomes a habit and form a collective consciousness of what is rightful and what is not, even when the norms perceived as socially acceptable could in reality be far from ideal. I believe a kind, intelligent and informed society is common sense, and is not impossible if our societal platform encourages everyone to become the best of themselves.
Written by Karee Chan