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 Audacious and unafraid to speak her mind

Boo Su-Lyn is a co-founder of BEBAS, a movement that promotes equality, secularism and an end to racial and religious discrimination. She is also an outspoken Malay Mail Online journalist and columnist.

She speaks up for the people through her column on Malay Mail Online, defending equality, women's rights and secular principles.

The police investigated Su-Lyn in 2015 over one of her articles calling for the right to read. The investigation was dropped after the article was retracted.

In her early days as a journalist, she exposed a National Civics Bureau (BTN) official who made racist comments at a closed-door Puteri Umno function in 2010 about the Chinese and Indians. Police reports were lodged against her.

Su-Lyn has received rape and death threats for her work and writings. But she is undeterred in her quest to make Malaysia a better country for all citizens.

Su-Lyn has lived in Taman Tun Dr Ismail ever since she was a child. She is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the government to stop the construction of an expensive condominium project that will ultimately destroy a park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

She started a petition against water cuts during the Christmas 2016 season that received over 3,000 signatures. The petition managed to help end the water cuts just before Christmas Eve. 

Su-Lyn believes in making Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Segambut and Kuala Lumpur a more liveable place, where residents will be healthy, feel safe and enjoy quality of life. She believes in protecting the planet for the future of our children. 

She studied psychology in university. She is the eldest of three children and helps support her single mother and siblings. Her father died of cancer when she was 16.

Her first job was counselling women who suffered domestic violence and sexual abuse. That experience inspired her to fight for social justice.

Su-Lyn started writing letters to the editor ever since she was a college student, raising issues of inequality, violence against women and religious freedom.

Su-Lyn is not part of the system. Let’s take Malaysia back from the political establishment.