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The Sinar Project is an initiative using open technology and applications to systematically make important information public and more accessible to the Malaysian people.  It aims to improve governance and encourage greater citizen involvement in the public affairs of the nation by making the Malaysian Government more open, transparent and accountable. We build open source civic tech applications, work to open government with open data and defend digital rights for citizens to apply their democratic rights.

Our goals are as follows:

  • Promoting a Culture of Openness
  • Making Government Information Transparent
  • Enabling Electronic Communication of Government Information
  • Access to Elected Representatives and Decision Makers
     

We support the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness and Malaysian organizations working towards the same goals.

Popit

Popit database and API service that helps you make and maintain information about politicians, politically exposed persons (PEPs) and their memberships in organizations and generates Popolo standard compliant open data to power your project. Learn more..

How Popolo backed database (Popit) can be reused in multiple ways for transparency

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Activities

Why and how to use data for storytelling? Demo + workshop

Why and how to use data for storytelling? Demo + workshop

Sinar Project will be presenting about Open Data Environment in Malaysia and Where To Find Data.

Open Data Day 2017: Malaysia

Open Data Day 2017: Malaysia

We will be organising a data expedition team for Open Data Day on 4th March 2017 at our office.

Talk: Open Government & Open Data in Malaysia, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Dec 15

Talk: Open Government & Open Data in Malaysia, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Dec 15

​The talk will cover introduction to open data & civic tech and working with open data tools and approaches used locally in Malaysia and internationally.​ It will also cover some cases of how lack of government data and statistics, as well as suppression of this information impacts governance and communities.

Updates

Call for hardware donations

Call for hardware donations

For a project to help some marginalized communities

May 18, 2017 10:35 AM

Resist RCEP and Its Far-Reaching Impacts on Digital Freedom and Innovation

10 ASEAN member states plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is now on it 18th round of negotiation. Here is our position statement for the stakeholder engagement meeting on the RCEP E-commerce chapter's impact on digital freedom and innovation together with Computer Professionals' Union (CPU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

May 10, 2017 01:22 PM

Help contribute to keep Sinar Projects going

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Representatives

Representatives

A website built on open data services that brings together information of all representatives at state and parliamentary level, who they are, how to engagement with them and various issues and happenings in their constituency.

Bill Watcher

Bill Watcher

Web application that allows Malaysians and Non-Malaysians to follow the status of upcoming bills in parliament and state assemblies.

Freedom of Information

To engage government for FOI requests and to enable easier public engagement and access to current requests.

CSO Open Data Portal

CSO Open Data Portal

Open Data contributed by Malaysian Civil Society Organizations

Accountable

Development of a web application to track mismanagement by government.