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Socdem Asia Youth Training Alumni Delegation Participates in DAPSY Congress

The Democratic Action Party – Socialist Youth (DAPSY), the youth arm of SocDem Asia’s member organisation in Malaysia, recently held their National Congress last 2 December 2018 in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. This was the first national congress after DAP and Pakatan Harapan’s surprise victory against the 60-year Barisal Nasional regime.

SocDem Asia commemorated this occasion by sending 5 of its Political Management Training alumni from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Timor Leste. This enabled them to compare their own party dynamics to that of DAPSY and the current political landscape of Malaysia as well as the role that DAPSY and its leaders occupy in government.

This visit coincided with the Parliamentary and Senate sessions, an event that rarely happens in Malaysia. The PMT Alumni were able to visit the House of Parliament, observe one of the parliamentary debates, and meet with various Senators, Members of Parliament, Deputy Ministers, and Ministers from the Pakatan Harapan coalition who were more than happy to discuss with them about their ministries, key policy proposals, and the role of the youth in politics.

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Political Management Training for Young Progressives

15-20 October 2018 | Pahang, Malaysia

Young members of political parties and progressive organizations will conduct the second and last part of the PMT in Pahang, Malaysia. The PMT, now on its 4th batch, continues on its usual program focusing on important key skills needed for political work. The PMT is designed as a 2-part course for training second line leaders of political parties and organizations in order for them to take on greater responsibilities and strengthen their organizations.

This batch concludes its training in Pahang, Malaysia amid the backdrop of a progressive victory in Malaysia. The last general election in Malaysia proved a watershed moment in the country's history as its opposition forces dealt the Barisan Nasional its first electoral defeat in Malaysian history. With social democrats and progressives, in coalition with other parties, now in power the venue and timing for this PMT is fortuitous. Many of the participants are also preparing for their respective country elections next year.

Standing Together: Strengthening Outreach of Juventude Fretilin

5-7 October 2018 | Dili, Timor-Leste

The three-day seminar participated by more than twenty youth activists and leaders of Juventude Fretilin, focused on sharing experiences and ideas, as well as new techniques and skills on election campaigning, social media, and ideology. Party members from three of Southeast Asian social democratic parties (Democratic Action Party - Malaysia, NasDem - Indonesia, and Akbayan Party - Philippines) gave Juventude Fretilin activists a glimpse on how political work is done in their respective countries as well as the challenges that progressive politics face in their countries. Juventude Fretilin members also shared Fretilin's experiences, history and current political work to their comrades.