Charles Santiago is a Malaysian politician and is Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Klang constituency in Selangor. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) party in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. Santiago was first elected to Parliament in the 2008 election winning the seat of Klang from the governing Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Prior to his election, Santiago was an economist and worked for non-governmental organisations such as the Coalition Against Water Privatisation and Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation Malaysia. Santiago was re-elected to Parliament for Klang constituency in the consecutive 2013 and 2018 general elections. Santiago is also Chairman of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights.
While Malaysia grants equal civic and constitutional rights to its minorities, the implementation of these rights still remains an uphill challenge. Those in indigenous communities, religious minorities, and the LGBT have become so vulnerable to social, economic, and political discrimination that it is now untenable for them to safeguard even their basic human and civic […]