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Posted on: October 11, 2008

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.


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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

Raja Petra

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