This year has been eventful and it’s still just the middle of March. The world greeted 2020 with paranoia and caution as the COVID-19 novel coronavirus spread around the globe. Malaysia is no exception to the outbreak with over 100 people tested positive for the virus as of 12 March. In late February, the country was in turmoil as former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned from his position and an alleged ‘backdoor government’ was formed.
Early last month, following years of pressure from advocacy groups, Indonesia's Parliament revised its national laws to increase the legal age a girl can marry. The amendment to the Marriage Act raised the age of marriage for girls to 19 years old which is in line with the legal age for boys, with parental permission, while the legal age for men and women to marry without parental consent is 21.
Throughout my life, I have seen the power of education. I have witnessed how quality education for all can support the creation of dynamic economies and help to sustain peace, prosperity, and stability.