Reason for Local Democracy Week


The reason for  Local Democracy Week is a simple one: we need to get more excited and more involved in the decisions that affect us! By organising Local Democracy Week, we hope that it will help

  • encourage people to be constructively active in the discussion, planning and implementation of policies and services in Penang and in our local communities
  • make us more aware of how local government works, increasing awareness of the roles and functions of the various arms and agencies of state and municipal government – who is responsible for what?
  • encourage and support all groups to be involved, especially those who remain marginalised, to get everyone’s ideas and experiences about how we can/should effect positive change for our shared future.
  • encourage us to be excited, be involved and play our part in shaping the future of Penang.

And of course we can have fun!

All this will have huge benefits in terms of making Penang a better place, which is what we all want!



Local Democracy Week in Penang!


Local Democracy Week is coming to Penang!

From Monday December 6th to Sunday December 12th, lots of activities are being organised, covering crucial aspects of our democracy and local involvement. Start your own activity! Anything goes! Get excited! Get involved!

Here’s the core activity programme:

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Monday December 6th

10 am Official Opening of Local Democracy Week

followed by Youth Parliament at State Assembly (venue tbc)

Up to forty people, under-25s, will debate a motion and pass a Bill. For logistic purposes, participants will be invited.

Tuesday December 7th

2.00 pm  Nurul Izzah, Ambiga Sreenevasan, YB Chow Kon Yeow and Khim Pah will address a Forum on “Rakyat’s Demands for Electoral Reform” at the Caring Complex (Jalan Scotland). All welcome.  We will also be launching Bersih 2.0 in Penang at this event. 

Film Screening and Discussion : this activity is to be confirmed.

Wednesday December 8th

Roadshow on Kempen Rakyat Stop Sexual Crime against Children at Gurney Plaza New Wing

Thursday December 9th

8.00pm Forum on “Public Transport: Where are we going?” at Dewan Sri Pinang, with Liew Chin Tong, Rapid Penang, and Dr Tiun Ling Ta. Everyome welcome.

Friday December 10th

5.30pm – 9.15pm  Party in the Parkcome and celebrate, at New World Park (Burmah Road). 20+ stalls, exhibitions, live music, speeches, fun and more fun.  A fabulous celebration – open to absolutely everyone!!

Performers will include Aminah Ali, Alexander the Phatos, Ksatriya, Nawie, Shazet, DECK, Vietnamese Dancers and a special poetry/dance presentation.

Be there or be square!

Saturday December 11th

10 am – 5pm  Job Security for Malaysian Workers. Workshops and discussions with Tian Chua, Syed Shahrir, Bruno Pereira and others This vital topic affects all of us  in our world of globalisation and ever-increasing job insecurity. Venue: Dewan Badawi, Butterworth.

Sunday December 12th

NEW !! 10.00am – 5.00pm Dewan Sri Pinang

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL road show on Human Rights in Malaysia.

6pm – 8pm  Speakers Square, Esplanade. Come and join us in a series of speeches and entertainment on the theme of lojavascript:;cal democracy. Feel free to join in! It’s our space, let’s use it!