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Nurul Izzah Anwar on 'The politics of hope and liberation: The path towards democratising Malaysia'

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Published on Mar 22, 2011

'The politics of hope and liberation: The path towards democratising Malaysia'

Nurul Izzah, the fast-rising star of Malaysian politics, young Parliamentarian and vice-president of opposition party PKR, has emerged from her father Anwar Ibrahim's shadow to champion a new democratic Malaysia, challenging 50 years of racialised politics and corruption with a plural, inclusive politics rooted in universal civil and human rights.

Barely out of high school in 1998, she fought her father's imprisonment before the world stage, following his sacking and jailing as Malaysia's deputy prime minister by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Known for her fiery speeches advocating 'ketuanan rakyat' - or the primacy of the people over corrupt government - Nurul Izzah's grassroots activism handsomely defeated a senior cabinet minister and won her the key parliamentary seat of Lembah Pantai in 2008.

Nurul Izzah will talk about her vision for a better modern Malaysia, and the uncertain future it faces in the wake of the 'reformasi' movement, burgeoning corruption scandals, a faltering economy, and draconian security laws she hopes to abolish in Parliament.

Monday 21 March 2011
Lecture Theatre 3, Manning Clark Centre, The Australian National University

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