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As we bid farewell to a decade that will be remembered for a raft of massive changes in Malaysia, we asked a couple of inspiring individuals to reveal to us their hopes for Malaysia in 2020.
The responses below have been edited for clarity.

1
Melissa Sasidaran, Director at Lawyers for Liberty

My hope for 2020 is for the government to translate rhetoric on human rights reform to reality. This can be done if the government has the political will, properly consults all stakeholders, and explains to the public why these reforms are necessary in order for Malaysia to be a country that respects human rights and the rule of law.
Some of the key reforms that I hope to see in this coming year are the setting up of the IPCMC, the abolition of all detention without trial, rights of orang asli are protected especially their land rights and vulnerable minorities are better protected.

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Dr. Renard Siew, Sustainability Advisor at Sime Darby

My sincere hope for this year is that we will see more answers to the challenging climate crisis that we have been facing. One of the things on my bucket list is to bring together different stakeholders: government agencies, civil society and the private sector together to work on a national agenda to preserve and protect our environment.
I would like to see the #VoiceForThePlanet campaign which I’ve helped launch at the Summer Davos taking off in Asia where people can come together to make a commitment towards making our planet greener. We must also have a Climate Change Act enacted in Malaysia and ASEAN. Without which many will continue to think that climate change is not their problem and we will have to continue dealing with the severe impacts of this issue in our region, extreme floods, droughts and decline in agricultural yield.

3
Rina Teoh, Executive Director at ET Group

My vision for Malaysia in 2020 is for us to be an inclusive and progressive country with promise, confidence and hope.

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Bianca Ong, Director of Ladurée Malaysia

My vision for malaysia in 2020 would be towards a more sustainable Malaysia with more people being aware of reusing and reducing

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5
Sandy Tan, CEO of Optimax Eye Specialist

My vision for Malaysia in 2020 is for world peace, harmony and for everyone to have a bright healthy vision.

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