Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ASLI-CPPS 50th Merdeka Anniversary Nation Building Dialogue


The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute and the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies will be jointly organizing the ASLI-CPPS 50TH Merdeka Anniversary Nation Building Dialogue on 30th August 2007, at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Sunway University College, Bandar Sunway at 9.30am.
Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and Former President of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan), Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu will be sharing some of their experiences, struggles and lessons of the past together with other key individuals who have been specially invited in light of their expertise to share their respective experiences.

The main objective of this Dialogue will be to discuss the experiences and lessons from the past learnt in the process of nation building, especially as Malaysia celebrates its 50th year of Independence. In celebrating the nation’s achievements and successes, struggles and challenges experienced must also be remembered and retold. Key issues covered will be on building a united Malaysian nation, discussing the social contract, history and formulation of the Malaysian Constitution, inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony and other key events that have shaped our nation to what it is today.

Other distinguished panelists at the Nation Building Dialogue will be Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Simon Sipaun, Vice-Chairman of SUHAKAM and Former Sabah State Secretary, Toh Puan Uma Sambanthan, wife of former MIC President, Tun V T Sambanthan, Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of International Movement for a JUST World, Ms. Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of the Malaysian Bar Council and Reverend Dr Hermen Shastri, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Council of Churches.

The Dialogue will provide a forum for all Malaysians to openly engage in an ongoing dialogue on the nation building process. Representatives from the Government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and key decision makers are invited to participate in this discussion. Arising from the presentations and discussions, we are hopeful that participants will go away with a better understanding of Malaysia’s journey, and more importantly where it seeks to go from here, taking into consideration the critical concerns and problems faced.

For information the event, please contact the following :

Tricia Yeoh
Senior Research Analyst
Centre for Public Policy Studies
012-6122100/ 03-20932820

Leong Yin Peng
Research Analyst
Centre for Public Policy Studies

For further information on the press release, please contact:-
Eswari Kalugasalam, Director- Public Affairs and Publications, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) at 03-2093 5393,

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bangsa Malaysia Merdeka Get-togather

From Harris Ibrahim blog here

Event : Bangsa Malaysia Merdeka Get-together
Date : 25th August, 2007
Time : 8.30pm
Venue:Blog House (home of Malaysian All Blogs), No. 66, Lorong Setiabistari,
Damansara Heights, KL.

There will be no charge. This, however, means that only light refreshments will be served.

The organising team wishes it could have hosted the entire Malaysian population to this get-together. Maybe the next one. For the 25th, the event can only accomodate 200 people and attendance is by invitation.

The organising team has also put together a forum/workshop entitled ‘Bangsa Malaysia : The Way Forward’ that is scheduled to take place at 5pm on the same day and at the same venue. It is hoped that the participants, numbering at most 30, will stay on for the 8.30pm event.

Confirmed speakers for the forum/workshop are :

1. Dato Zaid Ibrahim
2. Zorro Unmasked
3. Jayanath Appudurai
4. Rocky’s Bru
5. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
6. Azmi Sharom

What you need to do to get an invitation

Firstly, as places are limited, please be sure that you can attend before you ask for the invitation. If you are very sure that you can make it, please send an e-mail to if you want to attend the get-together.

If you wish to attend the forum/workshop and stay on for the get-together, please send an e-mail to

In your email, please provide the following details :

1. Name (as per IC) and IC number
2. Contact number
3. A litle bit about yourself (where you’re from, what you do) [This might help us identify and decline c-t and SB]. Also tell us what your feelings are about the last fifty years of independance, what you would like to see this 50th year, and what your hopes are for the coming fifty years.
4. For those writing in to attend the forum/workshop, briefly tell us how you think you might contribute to making Bangsa Malaysia a reality


All e-mails will be replied. All particulars furnished will be treated with utmost confidence.


Read Rocky, Jeff Ooi, Haris Ibrahim, Nuraina, June E, Walski, SK Thew, Bangmalaysia here and here, sobnation, Big Dog, Little Puppy Aishah, and many many more update by bloggers of teh event.

I am positively sure NO Malaysian is against the idea of Bangsa Malaysia, although we differ slightly on its definition and the many ways forward. Bangsa Malaysia is orang Malaysia, or Malaysians. Thus, as I see it, we must be singular in the purpose to be a United Malaysian. That has to start from the heart.

Although there are those with insecurity with others ideology, exterior and willingness to allow certain others to speak, that should be a natural temporary reaction. However to pick on an 11 year old as in here and most likely absent from the event itself, thats sheer prejudice and ignorance! Remove prejudice and buruk sangka!

Hidup Bangsa Malaysia!
Hidup Warisan Negara Merdeka!
Hidup Satu Bangsa Merdeka, Satu Bahasa dan Satu Jiwa!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

RPK's Wife Called In For Interrogation

Cops to quiz Raja Petra’s wife

The Star
August 8th, 2007

Police have summoned Malaysia Today website owner Raja Petra Kamarudin’s wife to give a statement today.

She was asked to present herself at the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 11am to give a statement pertaining to the investigation against Raja Petra.

Raja Petra said the police had called him yesterday and asked him to bring his wife to the police station to record a statement.

“I will be accompanying my wife to the police station,” he said yesterday.

The police questioned Raja Petra for eight hours on July 27 following a report lodged by Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

07/08: Raja Petra’s Wife Called In For Interrogation
Category: General Posted by: Raja Petra

Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin’s wife, Marina Lee, has been summoned to the Dang Wangi Police Station, Jalan Stadium, at 11.00am, Wednesday, 8 August 2007, for interrogation related to the investigation under the Sedition Act launched against Raja Petra.

It is not known whether the police are trying to build up a case against Marina as well so that she can be jointly-charged with Raja Petra.

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Pertemuan Blogger, Penulis dan NGO Dengan Tun Dr Mahathir Anjura PRIMA

The Jawatankuasa Ad-Hoc Warga Prihatin Malaysia (PRIMA) will be organising a meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at 10.00am on Wednesday, 15 August 2007. (More on PRIMA) The meeting will be held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. (More on the Perdana Leadership Foundation).

According to Dato’ Kamal Amir Kamal Hijaz, Tun Dr Mahathir is expected to address the assembly. It is not known what message Tun Dr Mahathir will be delivering but it would most probably touch on the issue of the alternative media, the right to freedom of expression, and the responsibility of bloggers. This would be most opportune within the backdrop of the current controversy which the foreign media equates as a ‘war’ between Umno and the blogging community.

Members of the mainstream media, alternative media, writers, journalists and those from the blogging community who would like to attend can contact Dharmala NS ( or or Dato Kamal (012-3975055, or As the auditorium has limited space it shall have to be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Khazanah Global Lecture Series

Khazanah Merdeka Series (KMS) is a Khazanah Nasional initiative comprising talks, seminar and a forum to foster a culture of knowledge-building and sharing so that current and future generations of Malaysians can participate effectively in country’s development agenda. REad more here.

Scheduled are:

15 Aug - Muhammad Yunus (Read Lulu here)
29 Aug - Joseph E Stiglitz
10 Dec - YAB Prime Minister
4 - 5 Sept - National Development Seminar
Time To Be Confirmed - Carlos Ghosn

There are limited places for public and it is available on a first-come-first-serve basis via website registration only here.

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I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.” - Voltaire