Sessions Overview

Session One: National Unity and Race Relations
‘Why do problems still exist for born and bred young Malaysians?’

This session will focus on the issues of national unity and race relations from the perspective of young Malaysians today – youth of all races who were born in the 1980s, long after the bloodshed of 1969 and after various measures had been taken to strengthen national unity and improve race relations. Yet, it seems the solution has not been found in light of current events, whereas old men recount the ‘good old days of the ‘60s when the national football team embodied the unity between the various races’. So what went wrong, and where exactly does the problem lie for young Malaysians today?

Speakers:
Jacqueline Ann Surin
Former Assistant News Editor, theSun; co-founder of MalaysiaVotes.com
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
Director, Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation; Professor, UKM
Dr. Farish A. Noor
Prominent writer at http://www.othermalaysia.org; Senior Fellow, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

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Session Two: National Leadership
‘The role of integrity in leadership and the qualities necessary to lead a nation’

“As a leader, you have to not only do the right thing, but be perceived to be doing the right thing. A consequence of seeking a leadership position is being put under intense public scrutiny, being held to high standards, and enhancing a reputation that is constantly under threat.” — Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward, Firing Back

In an open and honest setting, we seek for students to understand how our nation’s leaders not just maintain the highest standards of integrity, but also their daily attempts to strike a balance between maintaining their stance and compromising for the benefit of others.

Speakers:
YB Dato’ Dr. Toh Kin Woon
Former Gerakan Central Committee Member; former Penang Executive Councillor
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
Director, Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation; Professor, UKM
Premesh Chandran
CEO and co-founder of Malaysiakini.com

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Session Three: Corporate Malaysia
‘Where are we heading as a global player?’

With billions of ringgits promised to jumpstart various projects around the nation, including the much-touted Iskandar Development Region in Johor and the Northern Corridor Economic Region in northern Peninsula Malaysia, where is the country heading as a regional or even a global player? Can Malaysians – and ultimately Malaysia – ‘make it big’? Can young graduates be convinced that Malaysia is on track to being a major economic player and would hence reap great rewards if they began their careers early on back home?

Speakers:
Dato’ Johan Raslan
Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
CEO, Tune Money
Ahmad Shahizam Mohd Shariff
Director, Managing Director’s Office, Khazanah Nasional

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Session Four: Higher Education and Employment in Malaysia
‘Are we doing enough to address graduate unemployment?’

As Malaysian universities were charged with the problem of graduate unemployment amongst other issues, the government rolled out a new higher education plan in August 2007. We will invite a spokesperson from the Ministry of Higher Education to present on what this plan entails, including the concept of ‘apex universities’ and greater autonomy. Further, we want to explore if these plans will effectively address the dilemma of graduate unemployment.

Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Rahmat Mohamed
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UiTM; Ministry of Higher Education
Elizabeth Lee
Executive Director, Sunway University College
Ahmad Shahizam Mohd Shariff
Director, Managing Director’s Office, Khazanah Nasional

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Special Session: The Third Way
‘Making student voices heard’

The youth of Malaysia come under constant criticism of being politically and culturally apathetic, yet few ever take time to listen to what students have to say, let alone take them seriously. And in the same vein, university students are subject to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, which contains a section that bars university students from being politically active or affiliated unless given written permission by the vice-chancellor. Aren’t university students supposed to be even more mature compared to their non-university-attending peers? Wan Mohd Firdaus believes he may have the answer in what he deems ‘The Third Way‘.

Speaker:
Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuaad
Former UKEC Chairman, 2005-2006 & 2006-2007

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