Forum offers chance to reframe country’s crucial policies

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

THOSE who want to exercise their democratic right of being involved in helping to reframe some of Malaysia’s crucial policies related to education, bigotry and freedom, can do so this Saturday at a forum/dialogue organised by three civil society groups.

They will have the opportunity to engage with several eminent academics and a former diplomat at special break-out sessions.

Entrance for the half-day session (3pm to 6pm) at PAUM House in Jalan Susur Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, is by donation of RM500 for a table of 10. For details and to register, call 6012-8455008.

The three groups organising the dialogue themed “Whither freedom without truths in Malaysia?” are the OPs4A (Old Puteras for Accountability comprising alumni of the Royal Military College), Islamic Renaissance Front and OHMSI (Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute) Sdn Bhd.

Forum convenor KJ John said in an interview that the speakers comprise Universiti Malaya law professor Dr Azmi Sharom; former ambassador Datuk Redzuan Kushairi; UCSI University architecture professor Dr Mohd Tajuddin Rasdi; Universiti Malaya economics professor Dr Edmund Terence Gomez; and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies senior fellow Dr Lee Hwok Aun.

John said the speakers would state the problems and proposed solutions for the following questions:

• How do we ensure that the original spirit and integrity of the Federal Constitution is fully deployed to help Malaysia achieve Vision 2020 with National Unity? (Dr Azmi)

• How do we ensure that Asean does not concede to bigotry and systemic racism vide its “non-interference” principle, especially in the case of the Rohingya? (Redzuan)

• How do we help reframe our education policy and priorities while ensuring we are scientifically relevant and younger generation Malaysians continue to be educated within the best standards of both mathematics and science? (Dr Mohd Tajuddin)

• How do we ensure that the policy of privatising Public Programmes and Services does not transfer financial hardship of basic healthcare and infrastructure services? (Dr Gomez) and

• How do we ensure there exists a basic safety net for all bottom 15% Malaysians? (Dr Lee)

John said the final outcome of the dialogue/forum would be a comprehensive policy document to be tabled to the Conference of Rulers and to the Government.

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