Major political transitions present an opportunity to advance democratic reforms. Following political transitions, civil society activists sometimes have the opportunity to join government and advance reform from within. The purpose of the podcasts is to share the experiences of those civil society … read more
Sivarasa Rasiah discusses how he decided to join government, including by creating a coalition. He discussed how policy changes were decided and the challenges to advancing reform. He affirms, that despite a slow pace of reform, it is still a strong agent for change.
Sivarasa is the co-founder of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a human rights NGO. He was elected to parliament in 2008 and 2018. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Rural Development of Malaysia after the opposition coalition won the general election in May 2018.
*The song “Get Involved,” was created and produced by the Music as a Messenger for Democracy working group.
**The views expressed in this post represent the opinions and analysis of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of the World Movement for Democracy or its staff.
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