In January this year, the BAC Amnesty Club collaborated with Misi Solidarity and Amnesty Malaysia to host an online webinar event, that addressed police misconduct in Malaysia. The event was held on the 20th of January 2021, from 5pm to 6:30pm. Two speakers were invited to provide their thoughts on police brutality and answer common questions students may have regarding this growing concern.
The purpose of this event was to give the audience a better understanding of the issues surrounding police misconduct in Malaysia. In 2020, we saw an uproar as the citizens of America protested courageously against police misconduct which led to the death of George Floyd. Many Malaysians, including the youth, were acting in solidarity with the Americans. However, they knew very little about the same issue in our own country. Hence, we believed that holding this discussion was vital in cultivating a sense of awareness amongst our people. As our audience mainly consisted of students, it should be noted, that the talk also aimed to spark a sense of activism amongst them. This is to ensure that we create a society that is well informed and active in standing up for what is right.
The demographic of the event was impressive, as nearly a 100 people, attended. Special guests for the event included: Brian Tan and Shre Maha from Misi Solidariti and Li Yang, a representative from Amnesty Malaysia.
MISI: Solidariti is a Non-Governmental Organization, that aims to teach and learn the utility of intersectional perspectives. Their initiative also strives to bring out the value of direct action in activism amongst the Malaysian Youth. They were called to be a part of the BAC Amnesty’s project, as they are an NGO that is in-line with BAC Amnesty’s vision & mission. They were equipped with the necessary resources and information, to further proceed with the event.
Feedback from the attendees were collected in an anonymous manner, via Google Forms. On the whole, the responses received were on a positive note. It was gathered, that most of the attendees found the session engaging and insightful. 100% of the responses agreed that the content discussed was compact and resourceful, while 89% were interested in attending similar events in the future. Next, the most highly requested topic for upcoming events, was the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The attendees also suggested improvements for future events, which were mainly in regards to connection issues and the use of PowerPoint slides.
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