Malaysian political turmoil
Posted October 11, 2008on:
Conference on future of Malaysia
THE SUN, 8 Oct., PETALING JAYA: The Centre for Media and
Information Warfare Studies (CMIWS) is inviting
scholars and thinkers for a Round Table Conference
on the Future of Malaysia.
CMIWS director Prof Rajib Abdul Ghani said
despite celebrating 51 years of independence,
things which have been holding Malaysia together
as a democratic, united nation-state are perceived
to be falling apart.
“Some say that the centre is cracking and
giving way and Malaysia cannot afford, under
any circumstances, to disappoint the founders’
democratic idealism espoused in the Declaration
of Malayan Independence,” said Rajib.
“Malaysians of today have to reaffirm their
faith in the constitution and tenets of rule of law.
“Democracy in a state begins to lose its vitality
when men and women of wisdom and in position
shirk their responsibility in being vigilant.
“Growth of a nation-state is absolutely
dependent on the inflow of new thoughts and
philosophies,” he added.
The one-day round table conference is aimed
at fi nding ways and means to build a more democratic,
just, equitable and united nation-state of
The CMIWS is inviting 40 leading thinkers and
scholars to participate in the conference.
Participants are expected to send in their
thoughts on the existing political, socio-economic
vulnerabilities and the approaches that ought to
be taken to strengthen democratic values and
institutions in Malaysia. CMIWS hopes to use the
Malaysian constitution and precepts of rule of law
as the basis for the conference’s deliberations
and fi ndings.
The conference, to be held in Concorde Hotel
in Shah Alam on Nov 10, will feature several topics
such as “Are the basic structural features of democratic
Malaysia weakening?”, and several discussions
to strengthen democracy in Malaysia.
The length of the article from each participant
shall be about 2,000 words although lengthier
ones are more than welcome.
All entries should be in by Oct 15. The CMIWS
will pack the entries into a booklet for distribution
to the participants by Oct 22.
For details, call 03-55225325 or 03-55225568.