LDF Launch

We will be having our FIRST event!

Head down to Padang Kota Lama (near the MPPP building) on 5th October  at 6.00 pm as we LAUNCH Local Democracy Festival 2013. Thereafter, there will be busking performances by Ksatriya, Mobeat, Shannon Frances and Volatile, hosted bu Teh Yeu Shu and Sugein.

Check out their profiles below:

That’s not all!

There will be booths selling merchandise and books as well!

So come along this Saturday with family and friends, and chill with us that evening!

See you there!

For more information on the Launch and Busking event:


Penang allocates RM40,000 for democracy festival

Posted on 1 October 2013 – 09:29pm

Last updated on 1 October 2013 – 09:56pm

GEORGE TOWN (Oct 1, 2013): The Penang government has allocated RM40,000 for the the Local Democracy Festival 2013, which begins on Saturday.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the three-month event organised by Suaram and supported by the state government is aimed at promoting democracy among the younger generation.

“The event will allow them to have a better understanding of local governance, ” he told reporters at a press conference today.

The festival was introduced in 2010 and served as a platform for the voice of the youth to be heard.

Project coordinator Melanie Yong said the festival, which entered its fourth year, has created an awareness of democracy among youths.

“There are plenty of activities, such as a forum on JKKK (village development and security committee) elections and an activism camp, to appeal to people from all walks of life, ” she said.

The event ends on Dec 15.

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We need YOU!

Calling out for volunteers!

This year’s Local Democracy Festival in Penang is coming very soon! Through out the month of October to December, there will be a few events going on, namely: Launch cum Busking, Democratic Heritage Tour, Committee Training Workshops, Youth Parliament, Creative Activism Camp, Video Workshops.

This is the third time we’re having the festival and we want you to be part of this festival with us!  We’re looking for people with skills in:
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Graphic designing
  • Sound technician
  • Writing (Malay, English, Chinese or Tamil)
  • Pre-event organising
Even if you’re only interested in this festival and you’re willing to giving a little of your time and effort, come and join us as our volunteer!
For being one of our volunteers, you’ll get a free Suaram T-shirt or book. Not bad, right?

So, what are you waiting for?

Sign up as a volunteer HERE!

What’s in Store this Year

Activity/Event Date & Time Summary Entry
Local Democracy Resource Page 5th Oct-15th Dec A Facebook  page to bring together relevant and rarely known/spoken facts about Local Democracy to greater public awareness through social media. The public can send in information and photos via message. Public

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Launch and Busking 5th Oct


An evening of speeches,side walk performances and booths selling DIY crafts,books and merchandise. Outdoor Public event
Democratic Heritage Tour 13th Oct


A tour around Georgetown to revisit sites where local councillors and communities played a role in shaping the landscape and heart of the democratic spaces in Penang. Dato Anwar Fazal,local historian, will be leading this tour. Outdoor tour

*Limited to 30pax on first come first serve basis

Democratic Heritage Tour: Training of Guides 20th Oct


Full day training open to any individuals/organizations interested in leading guided Democratic Heritage tours around Penang. By registration
Video Workshop 26th&27th Oct


First time and amateur film makers  are invited to attend this 2 day workshop to learn the skills of video making with a focus on Local Democracy. Thereafter they will work on producing a video with the help of experienced video makers with support from the organizers. By application
Community Trainings 9th Nov &

23rd Nov


A half day training for anyone interested to learn more with the help of experienced facilitators.


1) Know Your Rights

2)Good Governance and Us

By registration and walk in
Forum on JKKK Elections 16th Nov


 A forum with representatives involved in the process from Penang, Perak and Selangor to discuss on past experiences, challenges and future possibilities. Open to Public Walk-in
Creative Activism Camp 29th Nov-1st Dec


The first ever camp to encourage youth involvement in defining, presenting and becoming involved in local democracy through innovative approaches. Besides hands on crash courses on these creative skills, we will also have sharing sessions  with those involved in this area. By application

*Open to participants between the ages of 18-25 year old. Limited to 30 pax.

Youth Parliament 13th-15th Dec


A  platform for  young people to speak out and contribute their ideas for a better Penang through trainings, visits and presentation on the role of local councillors then a sitting in the State Assembly where they will once again debate on passing several resolutions that will affect the community. By application

*Open to participants between the ages of 18-25 year old. Limited to 30 pax.


Carnival highlights plight of refugees

Reported by The Star:

GEORGE TOWN: Some 100 Chin and Rohingya refugees were treated to a delicious lunch and entertainment at the Refugee Carnival 2012 in New World Park.

Organised by the Northern Network for Migrants and Refugees (JUMP), the event was aimed at spreading awareness about the refugee community.

Organising chairperson Melanie Yong said refugees were often marginalised and forgotten.

JUMP committee member Emma Franks said there were about 100,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the country under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“Some 146 countries have signed the United Nations Refugee 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol to recognise and give protection to the refugees.

“These people need proper education, health care, basic human rights and the right to find a job for living.

“What is their future here if the Malaysian government does not recognise them?” Franks asked.

Held as part of the Local Democracy Week 2012, the carnival also saw book sales, refugees photography exhibition and a donation booth where the public can donate their clothes and household items.

The event continues today at the Little Penang Street Market at Upper Penang Road from 10am to 5pm.

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