Eddin Khoo

Eddin Khoo is a poet, writer, translator, and journalist. He is Executive Editor at the news site  The Vibes, overseeing the Culture and Lifestyle, News Features and the Southeast Asia  desks. He is also the founder of PUSAKA, one of the region’s leading cultural centres, and has  worked intimately with masters of the ritual and traditional arts researching aspects of oral  transmission, cultural and religious politics, and aspects of ritual in traditional theatre. He  is a regular contributor of comment, journalism and literature to leading news and arts platforms around the world.


Day 2
October 21, 2021
10:45 am

Concurrent Session F: “The Y Factor: How Youth Are Impacting Business and Politics in Malaysia."

21 October
Time:  10:45 am - 11:45 am

With a median age of less than 30,Malaysia has a young population with around 40% aged 24 years old or younger*. This young segment of the country is exerting influence in business and politics. In business, the voice of the Millenials and Gen-Z have influenced the workplace, products and services. Youth place more importance on work-life balance and on ESG aspects of business, demanding more accountability from the companies they work for and buy from. In politics, they are becoming a force to reckon with, especially once Undi-18 is passed in Parliament.

This session discusses the various ways the youth in Malaysia are making their voices heard, whether in business or politics. Also, whether government and business are interacting effectively with young Malaysians, and where the youth can be more empowered to make a positive difference to the nation.

*Knoema.com & Department of Statistics Malaysia