According to Malay Mail, co-founders of the Undi18 movement, Qyira Yusri and Tharma Pillai, are among the millennial and Gen Z leaders chosen by Forbes for its annual ’30 under 30 Asia’ list.
They were listed under the ‘social impact’ section for their efforts in championing youth suffrage in Malaysia.
Forbes said it chose Undi18 for promoting youth representation in politics as a social enterprise as well as its Parlimen Digital initiative.
“Last year, Undi18 organised Parlimen Digital, a youth-led virtual parliamentary sitting to propose recommendations for economic and Covid-19 relief in Malaysia, the first of its kind in the world, which attracted 500,000 live stream views,” it added.
In a brief tweet this morning, Tharma called the recognition a “crazy, huge honour”. Meanwhile, Qyira also said she was honoured and thanked the youths that joined their programs over the past 5 years.
Woke up to this today. Crazy huge honour.
— Tharma Pillai #ManaUndiKami (@TharmaPillai) April 20, 2021
Extremely honored to be awarded @ForbesAsia 30 Under 30’s under the Social Impact category. Thank you to all the youth and children that have joined our programs over the past 5 years and given us the privilege to do what we do with @UNDI18MY pic.twitter.com/HgvMAk2tjM
— Qyira 🌺 #ManaUndiKami (@takterqyira) April 20, 2021
Besides these two, five other Malaysians also made the cut this year in categories such as media, marketing & advertising, the arts and consumer technology.
They are Tan Guan Sheng (founder of creative social media influencer platform, Ittify); Jaz Lee (creative director at Ogilvy); Annice Lyn (co-founder of Women Photographers Malaysia that advocates gender equality in the industry); Kevin Wu (founder of a farming startup specialising in edible crickets, Ento); and Ong Yong Xun (founder of free study app, JomStudy).