Qyira Yusri

Qyira is the Co-Founder and Education Director of #Undi18. #Undi18 is a Malaysian grassroots movement, spearheaded by a group of young people that successfully lobbied the Government and Parliament of Malaysia to take steps towards amending Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution to reduce the minimum voting age in Malaysia from 21 to 18 years old.

Qyira was previously a member of the National Youth Consultative Council. She is a Fellow at the Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and a Democracy Discourse Fellow by the De La Salle University. She is nominated by the US Embassy KL for the International Woman of Courage Award and was recently listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in Social Impact.

With #Undi18, she leads the voter education initiatives by creating workshop modules and creative content to ensure that by GE15, Malaysian youths are prepared to vote. Some of the programs and initiatives that they’ve organized are Parlimen Digital, Seeds For Democracy, Youth Defence Summit, and more.


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