Sow dissent, harvest freedom


In her writings, Khoo Ying Hooi reminds Malaysians that dissent is not illegal.

When it comes to civil disobedience, Dr Khoo Ying Hooi is one of the first few names that pop up in the minds of Malaysians. Not only is the senior lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies in Universiti Malaya an active promoter of civil activism through her columns in The Malaysian Insider, she also has academic expertise on the topic. She completed her PhD in Politics and Government in 2014, examining social movements and democratisation with a focus on the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) movement. She focused on non-state actors, transnational activism, protest research, human rights and democratisation, centred in South-East Asia, especially Malaysia.

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