Connecting youths with in-demand skills and opportunities to embrace a career in the digital economy

Go Digital is an educational programme to kickstart your career in Digital Marketing and Graphic Design.

Me.reka has partnered with Hong Leong Foundation to fund 40 passionate youths to get certified under Go Digital and embark on a digital career.

The programme will be selecting 20 candidates for each path to join an intensive Digital Marketing and Graphic Design upskilling programme, where they will then undergo an internship placement with a selected organization.

How Will You Develop Through Go Digital?

Gain skills

Upskill yourself with digital marketing and graphic design skills

Certification

Get certified on LinkedIn with the LinkedIn Learning Digital Marketing and Graphic Designer badge

Experience

Gain valuable industry experience by working with selected SMEs

Mentorship

Benefit from a 2-month mentorship to establish your career path

What will you experience?

• A 6-week of internship placement in an SME to embark on a Digital Transformation project

• RM800 allowance and funding for your project

• Training and workshops on Digital Marketing and Graphic Design

• Mentorship on career development

Who is eligible?

• Be able to commit to training schedules from 15th April 2021 - 15th May 2021

• Be available for an internship from 16th May 2021 - 30th June 2021

• Ready to self-learn and embark on a digital marketing and graphic design career path!

A Look Into Sustainable Farming

As the global population increases and dietary choices changes (more meat and dairy consumption), the agricultural industry is fighting to meet growing demand. The issue lies within the ecological and social trade-offs of clearing more land for agriculture. Let’s look at how rooftop farming is changing the urban faming scene.
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A Look Into Alternate Animal Feed

The increasing global demand for food, particularly meat, led to investigating alternate protein solutions. The dilemma of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to a circular economy, has spurred the development of insects as a protein source in animal feed. Let's look at how insect protein influences modern-day farming!
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How Agriculture and Food Consumption Influences Climate Change - A Look Into Food Production: YSEALI Summit 2022

Modern-day consumerism is a key underpinning for capitalism on which most of the global economy thrives on. Consumerism left unchecked will disregard the cost of overusing natural resources and do irreparable damage to the environment. Let’s look into how e-waste and fast fashion affect climate change.
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How Harmful Is E-Waste And Fast Fashion - Sustainable Practices To Shift To A Circular Economy: YSEALI Summit 2022

Modern-day consumerism is a key underpinning for capitalism on which most of the global economy thrives on. Consumerism left unchecked will disregard the cost of overusing natural resources and do irreparable damage to the environment. Let’s look into how e-waste and fast fashion affect climate change.
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The Importance of Health and Education: YSEALI Summit 2022

Burning fossil fuels and converting forests for mass agriculture not only increases greenhouse gas emissions, but it also prevents CO2 from being absorbed by plants as well, essentially ‘trapping more heat’ in the atmosphere. Let’s dive into how our diets impact climate change and our health.
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How Air Pollution Influences Climate Change - A Look Into Transportation and Electrification: YSEALI Summit 2022

Will the advancement of transportation eventually become the driver for a less suitable future? Today burning fossil fuels account for 95% of energy consumption in transport. Let's look at how the transportation industry influences climate change and the revolution that is needed to address global warming.
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YSEALI Summit 2022 Summary: Cross Country Youths Inspire Climate Change Solutions with Technology

The pursuit of environmental hope is here. The U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit 2022 on tackling climate change issues in Southeast Asia, in partnership with Biji-biji Initiative and Big BWN Project.
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Everyone Can Be An Entrepreneur: Ata Plus’s CEO & Co-Founder, Elain Lockman, shares how entrepreneurship needs to be inclusive to all backgrounds.

Elain Lockman, the oldest of two siblings, was born in Kelantan and now lives in Kuala Lumpur permanently. A proud Convent Assunta alumni, she recalls her favourite moment when Sister Enda, the headmistress at the time, taught her to be a more caring, charitable, and all-around person. She understands that other Assunta (Assuntarian) pupils have the same values, making it easy to identify other Assuntarians.

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Celebrating Talents of Special and Gifted Youths: NAKSENI owner Armani Shahrin shares her journey as a business owner.

Growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Armani Shahrin was constantly encouraged to explore new things by her family and by herself. Since school, she mentioned that her favourite memory is when she was allowed by her parents to skip school days after her examination, to attend creative workshops that benefited her till now. 

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Breaking the glass ceiling: Qash Aris advocating Malaysians to pursue success through technology

The beginning of success is passion. GS Fauziyah Md Aris, also known as Qash Aris, has been interested in entrepreneurship since she was a child. Her mother's principles not only encouraged Qash Aris to develop her entrepreneurial abilities, but they also helped her develop creative, innovative, and advocacy skills that she still uses today.
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Make a career out of your passion: Herald’s way of overcoming unemployment

Herald, a Mereka Academy Digital Entrepreneur Programme graduate, was also among those affected and was unable to secure a full-time job due to the pandemic, unlike some of his peers. The programme, on the other hand, provided him with the skills and knowledge he needed to take matters into his own hands and pursue copywriting freelancing as a result of the programme.
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Hong Leong Foundation Roar Skills Programme: Creative & Educational Experiences

The employment market is changing everyday as digitalization sweeps Malaysia. Companies are adopting digital ecosystems, running digital offices and even working remotely. Digital transformation has led to new roles or upgraded roles, driven by technological advances.

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The Great Resignation: Exploring The Cultural Shifts That Brought It

It's 2022, employees are now  reconfiguring their careers and lifestyle; to search for better opportunities, higher pay or a better work-life balance. Why are so many employees choosing to quit? What do they value? And where are they even going?

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Me.reka Digital Entrepreneur To The Rescue: Upskilling Freelancers, Scaling SMEs

Digitalisation breaches the untraditional, and opens doors for digital workers and freelancers to SMEs to scale their business. We spoke to our Career Partners on how digitalisation has impacted their SME; which includes APE Malaysia, Graze Market, Women of Will and Life Origin.
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Looking Into The Future of Work: Are We Ready?

The way we work and the way we think about work has changed tremendously in the last two years. People have lost their jobs, left their jobs, shifted their careers, worked from home and even worked from another country. Honestly, it’s a freelancer's world and we're just living in it.

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Will A Seasoned Gig Worker Benefit from the Me.reka Digital Entrepreneur Programme?

Despite her 7-year experience in photographer and videography, client management was filled with ups and down for Mitzy Tan. Here's how she learned to tackle them through the hands-on real-life advice from the Digital Entrepreneur programme.
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Meet Hajar, A Lawyer Who Expanded Her Love for Graphic Art To UI Design

It’s ironic that despite dealing with mountains of texts in her daily job as a lawyer, Wan Nurul Hajar Azim’s first love is actually the creative arts. But like water flowing through a river’s carved path, her burning love for graphics and design never wavered,
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How the Me.reka Digital Entrepreneur Programme Inspired An Engineer to Expand His Horizons

Steve Lee took an interest in learning about the gig industry because he was looking to find new means of income that would offer him greater mobility and control over work. Here's how this engineer found a love for copywriting.
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‘Make Learning Meaningful’: Nur Adila’s Inspirational Journey to Empowerment

Coming from a low-income family, Nur Adila knows how empowering education can be be. She worked hard to get scholarships from primary school to tertiary education and now she hopes to inspire and empower others with her lifelong learning. Read more about about her inspirational journey!
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An End of Fear, The Start of Mawar’s Journey in This Digital Gig Economy

"It’s okay to be afraid to do something new but it’s not okay to stay afraid," says Mawar Yudiana binti Mohamad, a Digital Entrepreneur graduate. Get inspired by this creative's continuous quest to step out of her comfort zone.
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Mimi’s Breakthrough To The Gig Economy Began With A Wish For Work-Life Balance

The appeal of working in the comforts of your own home at your own time and pace holds great appeal. Like a moth to a flame, here's how Nurul Farah Shamimi, an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate, decided to shift tracks and pursue freelancing.

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How An Extrovert Overcame The Isolation of Freelancing

As any freelancer might know, running a solo business tends to be wholly consuming and quite isolating. Community is everything, and this Digital Entrepreneur graduate found hers through the programme.
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How Clarissa Loi Went From Bank Loan Officer To Freelance Digital Marketer

Clarissa faced the same challenges other young people faced seeking employment during the pandemic, with competitive and over-saturated markets making it difficult for anybody to enter entry-level jobs. But the pandemic didn’t stop her from pursuing a change in career.
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How Aqilah Diyanti Learned to be Persistent with Me.reka’s Digital Entrepreneur Programme

This chemical engineer turned copywriter took a leap of faith and pivoted careers by applying for a role in Biji-Biji Initiative. Instead, she was offered the opportunity to unlock further potential through a scholarship with the Digital Entrepreneur programme.

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Tackling An Underlooked Aspect of Freelancing: Documentation & Management

Any freelancer can start work but a truly holistic freelancer creates project management and frameworks to ensure a wholesome approach to work. Read more to find out how architect turned digital entrepreneur Muhammad Sabri is levelling up his freelance career.
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What if we did everything right? This is what the future could be in 2050

The year is 2050, we’ve successfully halved emissions every decade since 2020. Trees are flourishing, EV technology is thriving, climate organizations and youth leaders are pressing on to ensure we do the same for 2100. Read more to immerse yourself with a glimpse of 2050 if what 2050 could be if we’ve successfully mitigated the worst of climate change.
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6 Cool Transformational Tech Tackling Climate Change

The world is at the tipping point of a climate emergency, global heating and climate change cannot be reversed. But, it can be mitigated, and we have the technology to do so. People from all around the planet have been harnessing transformational tech to combat the adversity of climate change and help clean up our home.
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The Holy Grail of the Freelancing: Retainers and How to make Sustainable Income

Why does the freelance economy appeal to many? In short, the freelance economy, or the Gig Economy is defined as a ubiquity of short-term contracts in comparison to full-time jobs. But what if you, a freelancer, can relish the time flexibility of freelancing and a full-time's income? Read more to know more about this fabled legend!
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Let's Hear from Jordan, our Marketing & Communications Intern

Learn more about the career and personal opportunities that Biji-biji Initiative & Me.reka has to offer from our Marketing & Communications Intern, Jordan throughout his experiences in being a part of the Changemaker Talent Development Programme 2021
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Let's Hear from Tia, our Web Development & IT Intern

Here at Biji-Biji Initiative & Me.reka, proactiveness and self-initiative is highly valued and encouraged in our working culture. Get to learn more on the various experiences alongside hands-on tasks from our Web Development and IT Intern, Nurlini Setiawarni on her journey for being a part of the Changemaker Talent Development Programme 2021.
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Let's Hear from Laksheena, our HR Intern

Due to the flexible nature of Biji-biji & Me.reka, employees here are highly encourage to practice continuous communication with one another. This is especially beneficial during monthly meetings where an exchange of ideas alongside values are actively discussed. Let’s hear from our Human Resources Intern, Laksheena on her experience!
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Migrant Workers of Malaysia Deserve Better

No human being should ever be treated as lesser or unequal because of race, gender, age or migration status. Migrant workers deserve to regain their confidence and be able to identify their rights as labourers in our country. How can Malaysians empathize with our workers?

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Let's Hear from Nurlini Setiawarni, our Web Development & IT Intern

Here at Biji-Biji Initiative & Me.reka, proactiveness and self-initiative is highly valued and encouraged in our working culture. Get to learn more on the various experiences alongside hands-on tasks from our Web Development and IT Intern, Nurlini Setiawarni on her journey for being a part of the Changemaker Talent Development Programme 2021.

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Let's Hear from Laksheena Doshi, our HR Intern

Due to the flexible nature of Biji-biji & Me.reka, employees here are highly encourage to practice continuous communication with one another. This is especially beneficial during monthly meetings where an exchange of ideas alongside values are actively discussed. Let’s hear from our Human Resources Intern, Laksheena on her experience!

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Let's Hear from Jordan, our Marketing & Communications Intern

Learn more about the career and personal opportunities that Biji-biji Initiative & Me.reka has to offer from our Marketing & Communications Intern, Jordan throughout his experiences in being a part of the Changemaker Talent Development Programme 2021

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Let's Hear from Nurul Anith, our HR Intern

Here at Biji-Biji & Me.reka, the “can do" working culture is highly instilled as interns are given the opportunity to experience various assignments that are out of their original assigned tasks to keep us on our toes and looking forward to what tomorrow has to bring. Let’s hear from Nurul Anith, our Human Resource Intern on her experience!

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Let's Hear from Cherish Lee, our Marketing & Communications Intern

Biji-biji & Me.reka is a great enterprise that promotes employee’s career and personal growth alongside opportunities in exploring new skills. Working in an impact-driven enterprise have definitely expand my perception on the concept of sustainability and community empowerment. Let’s hear from our Marketing & Communications Intern, Cherish Lee on her experience!
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Journey to the Clouds with Airtable (Project Management)

PM ToolKit, a comprehensive management toolkit developed by Me.reka containing all learnings and expertise into a database in Airtable. The Me.reka PM Toolkit allows employees to effectively manage and track task distributions, goal setting, alongside the progress of budget tracking.

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How Airtable Empowered Me.reka to Assist Our Frontliners

Here at Biji-biji & Me.reka, we utilize Airtable to ideate, manage and execute business objectives, alongside community campaigns as it serves as a powerful database modelling to carry out the practice of designs, knowledge, resources and expertise between groups to be shared.

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Let's Hear from Aliana Aziz, our Project Management Intern

Biji-biji & Me.reka instils a healthy working culture where employees are able to work flexibly with experienced individuals in an impact-driven enterprise. Let’s hear from our Project Management intern, Aliana Aziz, throughout her journey!

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Is there a Future for Youths without Degrees?

Modernity has upped the ante of ever-increasing education fees, study loan debts, and job scarcity, but spawned a plethora of opportunities for digital entrepreneurship, self-employment, and freelancing positions, there’s no wonder that youths are left to ponder: do degrees really matter anymore?
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The Darker Side of Covid and A New Light of Mental Resilience

Lockdown depression, anxiety, the feeling of emptiness come as the emotional result of failing a venture you've worked so hard for - and it's pushing us to the brink, ending businesses, relationships, lifelong goals, or much worse.

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Panjam Food Rescue: Recovering Food Waste in Penang

Panjam Food Rescue bridges the gap between food waste and the less fortunate in Penang Island by ensuring that surplus supplies of food, which would otherwise be wasted, reaches them on the same day that it is rescued.
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Your Quick Guide to Understand Duckie Pi

Learn more about the features and functionalities that go into DuckiePi - a budget-friendly device created to assist with e-learning. The mechanisms of the device work just like your everyday chromebook. Keeping the B40 community in mind, it was designed to be affordable.
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Why Teach Digital Literacy to Stateless Youth?

The undocumented children of Malaysia are stripped of countless opportunities and potential due to legal rights and issues. In this age of information, digital literacy is a viable solution to assist these youths in overcoming all odds. Let us eradicate this division by introducing them to the online world.
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Transforming Community Spaces to A Regional Network

Imagine a space equipped with tools and resources that are free for use by the community to improve their personal skills. That’s Ruang Reka for you! As a community space providing opportunities for the skilled and unskilled youths, Ruang Reka aims to create Science, Technology, Innovation and Engineering (STIE) awareness.
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Rumah Rakyat: One-stop solution for PPR communities

Impactors who wish to help the community may not have the right tools, resources, and information. Rumah Rakyat is a one-stop solution that bridges the gap between the underprivileged and changemakers in improving accessibility to initiatives and resources for the betterment of the community.
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PPR Youths Improve Livelihood With Digital Literacy

With the right knowledge and accessibility, the Internet can be a marketplace of opportunities for its digital surfers, including the ones from impoverished backgrounds - given that they know how to utilise it. The Me.reka Belia programme aims to bridge this gap of digital literacy knowledge within the underprivileged community.
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NGOs Take A Leap Toward 21st Century Skills

29 NGOs joined the 4-week NGO@Makerthon programme where they dug deeper into understanding the sustainability of a social enterprise model, learnt about product innovation for the benefit of the B40 community and much more! Let’s meet some of these inspiring NGOs and see what they have to say!
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Meet The B40 Youths’ Hustling Entrepreneurship

Many B40 individuals have diligently taken on the challenge of hustling as an entrepreneur. From youths with an online business to mothers with a physical kuih-muih stall, meet the hustling entrepreneurs who work defying all odds for the betterment of themselves and the community.
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Impact for Change Platform: Initiatives In Action

Let’s have a look at 3 ongoing initiatives at Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace’s Impact4Change platform. From creating shelters out of hotels to improving application development, this platform bridges the gap between students and industry players to achieve a common goal.
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Impact for Change Platform: How Does It Work?

The Impact4Change platform is a collaboration between Taylor’s University and Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace to connect students with industry players to engage, curate and innovate solutions to real-world problems.
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Digital Careers As The Future of Work

As technology integrates itself into the normalities of life, digital careers are mushrooming. This translates to more job opportunities for the digitally literate. It is time to embrace these emerging career prospects and equip the youth with the necessary skills to kickstart their digital career.
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Bridging Youths with NGOs: Tapping into Potentials

With inquisitive minds and pristine perspectives, Malaysian youths are a community of leaders ever ready to materialize positive change in the country. Youths partnered up with various NGOs across 8 states to implement sustainable solutions to challenges faced by these organizations.
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Bridging the Gap Between Youths and NGOs

This is no ordinary project. We travelled cross-country from Peninsular Malaysia all the way to East Malaysia to meet hundreds of youths. Incredible pitches and amazing ideas brought together the talented youths and NGOs looking for fresh perspectives and ideas.
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Affordable Online Learning Tool: Duckie Pi's Origin Story

Many children lack the accessibility to comfortably learn online. In fact, some can’t even connect to the internet! Hence, Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace joins forces with Taylor’s students to formulate a low-cost, affordable electronic device named Duckie Pi to bridge the digital gap.
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Meet Tauqeer: The Resilient Artling

Ever known someone in your life with an exuberant drive for creativity and change? We do, our someone is none other than the legend and artist himself, Tauqeer! Take on a journey of métier and mettle, artful tenacity and a fetching Tinman. Do you share his craftsmanship and resilience?
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Let's Hear from Natalia Shahrilnazim, our HR intern

Here at Biji-biji & Me.reka, we encourage and believe that culture is important and our team feel empowered to share their experience of working in an impact-driven enterprise. Let's hear from our intern Natalia Shahrilnazim, a Human Resource intern, on her experience!
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Penjana boost MDECs Workforce Upskilling and Reskilling Program

The digital economy is here to stay! People, we are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter businesses, income levels, and career opportunities. With Penjana, MDEC is spearheading the digital leap to ensure Malaysians are skilled to face the shift in skill demands in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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Microsoft upskills Malaysians to revitalize local economy

Skilled in the art of web development? Think you have the tenacity of a freelancer? Or perhaps you curate blogs with great panache? Microsoft Malaysia and the Biji-biji Initiative have teamed up to empower Malaysians to roam the digital planes of the Gig Economy with independence, sustenance, and confidence.
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We join Microsoft in upskilling 1 million Malaysians

Brace yourselves for a field day of digital mobilization Malaysians! The inclusive “Bersama Malaysia” initiative by Microsoft is proud to launch the first datacenter region in Malaysia, as part of the nation's digital transformation, the initiative plans to upskill 1 million Malaysians of all socio-economic backgrounds, young adults and people living with disabilities to thrive this digital era.
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Rethinking Social Change in Unprecedented Times

The catastrophic impact of the outbreak has been staggering economies, national development, and the most vulnerable communities, even worsening the severity of those already facing socio-economic inequalities. With COVID-19 amplifying the conditions and awareness of various social calamities, how would our respond accordingly?
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There are millions of aliens in Malaysia

Barefooted, living off scraps for pocket money, out of school, denied of nationality. Statelessness is still a pullulating social issue in Sabah and the numbers of undocumented youths continue to grow, thousands of them never had proper education growing up thus a vast deal of them remain unemployed.
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Decentralized Medical Gown Production

Frontliners workers who are the backbone of our effective health system amidst the pandemic risk their lives every day to ensure minimal spread of COVID-19 and provide for us. In their time of need, the Rakyat is here to provide the necessities to show this pandemic what true Malaysian solidarity feels like.
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Protecting Our Frontliners: Appreciating Volunteers

It is a rough time for Earth's most social species, where everyone seems to be divided, disengaged, and distressed. But that is not stopping humanity from breaching the veil of disconnection for goodwill and civic mobilization. We take care of each other, or as Malaysians are coining it "Kita jaga kita".
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Yes, systemic racism exists. In Malaysia too

Think about those times you hear about a joke that cashes in on a racially associated stigma, and the time you've been told that Chinese phone seller is going to scam your money, or maybe you've heard some Malaysians criminalizing immigrants in our country. Yes, racism does exist among us.
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The lockdown has not been the holiday we had imagined.

Family, friends, romantic partners, and co-workers - we all miss them. most of us would give everything just to have a "normal", face-to-face conversation instead of our laptop screens. Social health is as important as mental health, as long as we build awareness on staying connected, the better we sustain ourselves.

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Celebrating Malaysia Day and Concluding Protecting Our Frontliners

This year's Hari Malaysia observes each Malaysian battling and persevering through the state of the nation in collaborative ways to eradicate the spread of COVID-19. The PPE Initiative has witnessed a powerful movement by fellow Malaysians each coming together in the face of adversity to protect and uplift one another.
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