YIGF 2019 Handbook


Everything you need to know during yigf Malaysia 2019, from schedule, to speakers’ info, to venue’s map, and more!


15 November 2019 AgendaLocation
9:00am — 9:30am RegistrationBlok Y Foyer
9:30am — 10:30am Opening Note
by YB Steven Sim, Dr. Lim Ming Kuok, & Louis Liaw
10:30am — 12:30pmBreakout Session I
*refer to breakout session schedule
12:30pm — 2:00pm LunchBlok Y Foyer
2:00pm — 4:00pmBreakout Session II
*refer to breakout session schedule
4:00pm — 5:00pmNetworking over CoffeeBlok Y Foyer
5:00pm — 6:00pmClosing NoteAuditorium

16 November 2019 AgendaLocation
9:00am — 9:30am RegistrationBlok Y Foyer
9:30am — 10:30am Day-1 RecapAuditorium
10:30am — 12:30pmBreakout Session III
*refer to breakout session schedule
12:30pm — 2:00pm LunchBlok Y Foyer
2:00pm — 4:00pmBreakout Session IV
*refer to breakout session schedule
4:00pm — 5:00pmNetworking over CoffeeBlok Y Foyer
5:00pm — 6:00pmClosing Note
by: Dobby Chew

Breakout Sessions Info

Breakout session I
Internet Accessibility: Is the
Marginalised Community Connected?
Speakers: Mohd Rosli, Shereen Abigael Ajani, Kesavan Parwathy
Moderator: EMPOWER
10:30am — 12:30pmBusiness Faculty,
Seminar Room 4
UNESCO Universality Indicator
Speaker: Dr. Lim Ming Kuok
10:30am — 11:30am Business Faculty,
Seminar Room 6
Religion & the Internet: What’s the connection?
Speakers: Melanie Yong, Sharan Raj, Wan Ji Wan Hussein
Moderator: Wang Junmey
10:30am — 12:30pm Business Faculty,
Seminar Room 11
breakout session II
Youth Role in Internet Governance
Speaker: YB Maria Chin Abdullah
Moderator: Dobby Chew
2:00pm — 3:00pmAuditorium
The Right to Communicate: Empowering All
Malaysians Through Digital Inclusion
Speakers: Louis Liaw, Tharma Pillai, Jeannette Goon
Moderator: Amirah Qistina
3:00pm — 4:30pm The Red Cube 2, Blok D
ASEAN Way of Cybersecurity
Speaker: Kuhan Pillai Anbalakan
3:00pm — 4:30pmThe Orange Cube 2, Blok D
Being a Womxn on the Internet
Speaker: Nurainie Haziqah, Gisele Rimong
Moderator: EMPOWER
3:00pm — 4:30pmThe Green Cube 2, Blok D
breakout session III
Mental Health & Cyberspace
Speaker: Dr. Chua Sook Ning
10:30am — 12:30pm The Purple Cube 1, Blok D
My Data. or No Data
Speaker: Isaac Adams
10:30am — 12:30pm The Orange Cube 2, Blok D
Internet Safety for Youth: A discussion among the youths
Moderator: Nur Erzarith Sofia Binti Wahap
10:30am — 11:30amThe Green Cube 2, Blok D
breakout session IV
Freedom of Expression & Censorship:
Where’s the limit?
Speakers: Fahmi Reza, Lena Hendry, New Sin Yew
Moderator: Low Xin Dee
2:00pm — 4:00pm Auditorium
Navigating Homophobia and Transphobia Online: A workshop by Justice for Sisters2:00pm — 4:00pmThe Purple Cube 1, Blok D
The Next Generation of Public Policy for the
4th Industrial Revolution
Speaker: Eshaan Menon
2:00pm — 4:00pm The Orange Cube 2, Blok D
Digital Diplomacy
Speaker: Nabila Hussain
2:00pm — 3:00pm The Green Cube 2, Blok D

Speaker Info

YB Steven Sim Chee Keong

YB Steven Sim is the Deputy Minister of the Youth and Sports Ministry. Since 2007, when he first joined the Democratic Action Party, he was actively engaged in politics. Steven Sim was the Seberang Perai Municipal Council councillor and is currently a Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam constituency since 2013.

His computer engineer profile has shaped his engagement in politics. Indeed, he started using technology to try and improve governance as well as delivery to the people. He used his IT skills to serve the citizen by introducing a user-friendly application for the public to lodge complaints to the local authorities.

Steven Sim is also part of the governing board of the Penang Institute, public policy think tank, and helped produce the 10-year strategic roadmap (2013-2023) for the state of Penang.

His areas of interest are sustainable development, gender and social justice, and participatory politics

 “I’m looking to use my experience as a computer engineer, in technology, […] to complement what I do”.

Dr. Ming-Kuok Lim

Dr Lim Ming Kuok is the Advisor for Communication and Information for the UNESCO Office in Jakarta. Holder of a PhD in Mass Communications from Penn State University (United States), Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship, he has become a defender of freedom of expression, press freedom and safety of journalists. He also participates in global campaigns to bring awareness on the issue of impunity.

His work focuses on supporting the work of journalists and accompany them in their work by developing their capacities according to contemporary issues. He also works on empowering the youth and encouraging them to develop mobile apps and to promote the use of indigenous languages on the Internet.

Louis Liaw

Graduated from Cardiff University and Barrister – at – Law of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s inn, Louis Liaw is a legal associate at RamRais & Partners. He is a member of various Malaysian Bar’s Committees such as the National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee and the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee but also the Chairperson of the Mackrell International Asia Pacific Region Young Lawyers Network.

He believes that activism can be done through the Courts and court litigation can be strategically undertaken to lead to positive changes in laws and to bring awareness on digital rights in Malaysia. That is the reason he was involved in several litigation relating to digital rights, amongst them include the prosecution of a well-known graphic designer for creating a clown face of Malaysia’s former prime minister. His areas of specialization are Civil Litigation, Criminal Defence and Constitutional & Human Rights Law.

Mohd Rosli Ibrahim

Mohd Rosli Ibrahim was born in in Kampung Kubang Bemban Pasir Mas Kelantan on April 20, 1973. Received his early education at Sultan Ibrahim 1 (1980) school. Pursued a special education in Johor Bharu (1981-1986) while secondary education in the inclusive education system at St John Bukit Nanas (1987-1991).

A Disabled Rights activist. An author of the O.K.U Bangkit book (published in 2014), and he has also been active on-line and offline discussion on the subject of religion, philosophy and politics.

Shereen Abigael ajani

A 2nd year law student at Universiti of Malaya, Shereen Abigael Ajani is an indigenous advocate that believes in empowering her community through education. A past victim of discrimination and bullying during her youth due to the ignorance of her peers for being an Orang Asal from the Temuan ethnicity, Shereen is determined to demonstrate that public misconceptions about Orang Asal is wrong by becoming an eminent role model and the voice for her unique community.

Kesavan Parwathy

Kesavan Parwathy is the founder of a grassroot organization, SiraguGaL that aims to help students and youths from B40 families in Sungai Siput and Ipoh. SiraguGal organises Youth Development Camps, provides career counselling & guidance, free tuition & development programmes at public schools to underprivileged students. He is also an active campaigner for Free Education, demanding equal access to education for all without any discrimination. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at UPM.

Melanie yong

Melanie Yong works at the intersections of faith and justice. A product of education in a Masters of Divinity from Boston University, coupled with years of working with civil society organizations in Malaysia, she is currently looking for ways to work with churches on how to be more involved in civil society.

Sharan Raj

Sharan Raj is a former student activist cum education & youth activist. He was elected to both position Central Commitee in Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and the state Chairperson for PSM Melaka for the term 2019-2021. Previously, he held the position of Vice Youth Chief for Parti Sosialis Malaysia for term 2017-2019. In terms of professional, he is working as a technology consultant specialising in data analysis. He believes technology can be double edge sword and only common ownership of technology can reap the full benefits of any technology.

Wan Ji Wan Hussein

Wan Ji bin Wan Hussin is an Ustaz and author of several books, including The Moderates: Umar Abdul Aziz & Nik Abdul AzizandUlama Yang Bukan Pewaris Nabi. He is the former PKR Youth religious bureau chief and was previously appointed information officer and religious advisor at the Penang Chief Minister’s office. He is currently an independent preacher and a social activist.

YB Maria Chin Abdullah

Maria Chin Abdullah is Malaysian Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya constituency and believes in clean and fair elections, women’s rights, youth participation, development and environmental justice.

Maria Chin Abdullah is a well-known activist who has worked for many causes. She played a key role in lobbying for the Domestic Violence Act 1994, and laws related to violence against women. She has also been involved with the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).

She was the former Executive Director of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower), and the former chairperson for the Coalition for Good Governance (BERSIH 2.0). She advocated for a transparent electoral process and brought awareness on flaws of the electoral system by leading the massive Bersih 4.0 & Bersih 5.0 rallies for free and fair elections.

Jeannette Goon

Jeannette Goon is a writer and entrepreneur based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a partner at Write Stuff, a content studio with a focus on the written word. One of her current ventures is Bayu Harvest, a farm-to-table marketplace that connects rural farmers in Sabah to urban consumers worldwide.

Tharma Pillai

Tharma Pillai is the Advocacy Director and Co-founder of Undi18. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mining Engineering. He was formerly an appointee to the National Youth Consultative Council and the Senate Reform Committee.

He runs his own engineering training company focusing on Deep Learning, Image Processing and Real-Time Simulation using MATLAB. He is also an author; with publications in the books, Letters to Home and The Asrama Anthology.

He is a firm believer in the power and value of youth in nation-building. Just like you, he hopes for a better Malaysia.

Nurainie Haziqah

Nurainie Haziqah is a full-time lawyer, a Petaling Jaya councillor, president of Girl2Leader Malaysia, founder of Happy Bank, and the secretary of Humanitarian Aid Selangor.

The Girl2leader is an initiative which aims to develop talent among young girls to become future leaders. This initiative hopes to bring awareness on the importance of female participation in decision-making posts and emphasize the role that social medias and blogs can play to reach many girls around the globe.

Happy Bank gives youngsters a chance to volunteer at hospitals. And Humanitarian Aid Selangor works closely with the marginalised community.

Gisele Rimong

Gisele was born in Sarawak and graduated from Local University in 2011. She was involved in Human Rights field since 2012. Currently, she is working with a private company based in Kuala Lumpur for more than 8 years now.

She is the founder of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Sinar Pelangi (PKSP) and Free Talk-GIESO (Fb live chat). Gisele was also an ex-exco member of Mylsean. Additionally, she also volunteers with several NGOs including Justice For Sisters, PT Foundation, SEED Malaysia and many other organisation working on human rights and HIV/AIDS. Gisele was also the speaker during “Wanita Bantah Politik Toksik 2017” rally and the Women March 2019.

Dr. Chua Sook Ning

Dr. Chua Sook Ning is a lecturer, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist and researcher at National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and founder of the founder of Relate Malaysia, an organization established to raise public awareness of mental health, to conduct research on mental illness and to design policy recommendations that promote access to treatment.

Holder of a PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, her research focuses on Cross-Culture, Mental Health Interventions, Motivation, Self-Regulation and Social Support. She is also interested in using social media and community interventions to promote personal and relational well-being and to de stigmatize mental illness.

Dr. Chua Sook Ning has published over a dozen scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and conducts seminars and workshops on various psychological issues such as Let’s Talk About Depression, A Primer on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, How to Relate to Your Teen and How to Actively Listen and Reflect to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Isaac Adams

Isaac Adams is TechUp Project Manager at The IO Foundation, a space created for tech people to engage and learn about their role as the next generation of Human Rights defenders. With over 15 years of IT experience, his expertise spans across cybersecurity, information systems and digital strategy.

Fahmi Reza

Fahmi Reza is a political graphic designer, street artist and documentary film maker based in Kuala Lumpur. He uses his art to denounce injustices in Malaysia.

He is known in particular for depicting Malaysia’s then Prime Minister, Najib Razak, as a clown to protest against the financial scandals the PM was involved in. For this caricature, Fahmi has been charged with violating the law prohibiting communications that cause annoyance. His appeal has been dismissed and had to pay a fine of RM10 000.

Now with social media, I can play with colours. And see the interaction between me the author and audience the reader […] with social media, the interaction is direct. Even people “liking” it tells you the poster is effective, and even more so when they comment and share it

Lena Hendry

Lena Hendry is a former staff member of the human rights group Pusat KOMAS who has been convicted by a magistrate’s court over the charge of screening a Sri Lankan civil war documentary titled ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ that had not been approved by the Censorship Board.

Lena Hendry is the holder of a Master’s of Art in Applied Human Rights from the University of York. She was the ‘Non-discrimination’ Program Coordinator and Festival Manager at Pusat KOMAS, a non-governmental organisation which works to empower indigenous peoples, urban poor, workers, and civil society organisations through the use of popular media.

New Sin YEw

New Sin Yew is a Human Rights lawyer called to the English Bar Lincoln’s Inn in 2010 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011.

Graduate from Cardiff University, New Sin Yew is specialised in contract, consumer protection, construction, medical negligence, personal injury, land, immigration, capital markets, corporate insolvency and constitutional law. He is consulted by boards of directors on matters involving directors’ duties, shareholders’ disputes, good governance, fraud and breach of trust and advices public and private corporations on legal and regulatory compliance in the areas of company and securities law.

Eshaan menon

Ehsaan Menon is a Software Engineering graduate from Asia Pacific University and is currently the regional representative for Asia at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Youth Advisory Council.

Chair of international Model United Nations conferences and participant in national and international level youth leadership and capacity building discussions for student community leaders, Ehsaan Menong is engaged in making the voices of the youth heard. As part of YouthHack organization, he helped students and young people gain experience in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship but also practical skills so that they can build and develop their ideas. He also took part in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative as an academic fellow in civil engagement. His experiences show his strong commitment in youth empowerment and capacity building.

Nabila hussain

Nabila Hussain, Legal, Government Affairs & Philanthropies Manager for Microsoft
ASEAN and New Markets, is based in Kuala Lumpur. Nabila works on policy and
government relations, and philanthropies, for Microsoft businesses in the ASEAN

Nabila joined Microsoft in 2016, after spending two years studying in United World
College Costa Rica, and three years pursuing a law degree at the School of Oriental
and African Studies, University of London, before pursuing post-graduate studies in
Intellectual Property and Information Law in King’s College London.

General information

Information tables are located by registration in the Foyer of the Electrical Engineering Faculty (Blok Y). You can also call us or WhatsApp us at +60 11 6110 0842.


Accommodation will be provided for the participants who have been awarded the travel scholarship. Participants will be given a twin sharing room for 3 nights at Best Western Petaling Jaya. Breakfast is provided by the hotel.


We will not be able to guarantee parking spots for everyone. But not to worry, there are several ways to get here! Grab, Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Rapid KL Buses.

LRT – Participants who are taking the LRT should disembark at the University Station. Rapid KL busses are available from the station to UM Campus. Participants can also choose to take a Grab.

for participants travelling from best western hotel, petaling jaya

Bus – Participants can take the PJ Free Bus (PJ01) from SK Sri Petaling bus station (7 mins walk from the hotel) and disembark at PPUM Ceria station (15 mins walk to destination).

Walk – It is a 34 mins walk to the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya.

Grab – It will be a 11 to 15 minutes car ride depending on traffic.

DIning & Meals

Lunch and tea will be provided at the event. During the allocated times, please proceed to the foyer of the Electrical Engineering Faculty. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

For further dietary needs, please contact Mr. Eugene at +60 11 6110 0842.

FOR PARTICIPANTS who have been awarded the travel scholarship,

You will be given per diem of RM30/day. This fund is meant to cover your meal and transport expenses outside the time of the event.


Wouldn’t be able to attend the forum? Not to worry! We will be screening some of the sessions live on Facebook! Simply go to our Facebook page during the specific time slot, and watch it wherever you are!

campus map

The event will be held throughout University of Malaysia’s Business and Engineering Faculty.

The opening and closing sessions will be held at the University of Malaysia’s Electrical Engineering Faculty, also known as Block Y of the Engineering Faculty. During the event, there will be volunteers guiding participants to each classrooms, where the breakout sessions will be held.

The following map shows the location for the Electrical Engineering Faculty.

If you need assistants getting here, please give us a call at +60 11 6110 0842.