KOMAS KEY ACHIEVEMENTS-PAST 20 YEARS
Freedom Film Festival (FFF)
KOMAS organized the first human rights film festival in Malaysia in 2003 and provided a very much needed platform for the Malaysian public to exchange views and explore actions towards human rights issues in Malaysia. The FFF is an 11-year- old annual human rights film festival which organizes a film competition, community screenings, and premier screenings in 6 major locations in different Malaysian states.To date these activities have reached out to about 10,000 people each year.
“Aku Bangsa Malaysia” Non-discrimination work
For the past 10 years KOMAS has strongly advocated against racism issues by conducting public awareness workshops, forums, seminars and national conferences. Together with other key NGOs, KOMAS has actively advocated the Federal and different state governments to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
Citizenship Education & Electoral Reform
KOMAS has been conducting voter education and election monitoring for the past 10 years. We have produced voter and citizenship educational tools such as short videos, cartoon booklets, posters, flyers and other creative media tools for community and public education. The most recent and significant undertaking was the mammoth task of managing PEMANTAU a nationwide election monitoring initiative of BERSIH 2.0, during the recent 13th General Elections in Malaysia. We also organized many citizens’ forum via online internet in the form of google hangout sessions focusing on different key social and political issues in Malaysia.
For the past 20 years, KOMAS has closely partnered and supported different sectors such as the orang asli and indigenous peoples in Sarawak and Sabah; the urban poor sector; workers unions; and other marginalized communities in their quest to defend their basic human rights.