ABOUT THE EVENT
The purpose of this conference after Malaysia’s 14th General Election is to discuss the broader direction of Malaysian society in light of the recent change in political administration. This conference is hoped to elaborate on what made this change possible and how we move forward from here. More specifically, how young Malaysians, who make up a majority of voters, perceive this change and what role they can play in keeping our leaders accountable to the promises they have made. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which more inclusivity can be injected in all aspects of democratic life. This includes understanding the future of race and religion in Malaysia’s political discourse.
The idea behind this event was based on a realization that anticipation of GE14 has been a very unique moment as it has brought forward refreshing perspectives and mobilization of diverse interest groups. Given that this was the “mother of all elections”, it is worth reflecting on this event and its connection with Malaysia’s most recent past. Imagined Malaysia is committed to the plurality of narratives and providing greater public exposure to critical and marginalized perspectives. Historical literacy is our main interest and this also means that contemporary events that become turning points in the country’s history is of our interest too. This public event will bring together eminent political scientists and nongovernmental individuals to share their reflections on GE14 in order to promote more mature and nuanced discussions about politics in Malaysia.
Title: Post-GE14 Conference: Making Democracy Deliver
Date and Time: 2nd June 2018, 3.30pm – 7.30pm (Meals will be provided for Buka Puasa)
Venue: Lecture Hall C, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur
Panel 1 – Malaysia’s Democratic Wave: Expecting the Unexpected?
Speakers: Prof William Case, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri
Moderator: Aira Azhari
Panel 2 – Is Democracy a “Weapon for the Weak”?
Speakers: Badrul Hisham Ismail, Dr Rusaslina Idrus, Dr Faizal Musa
Moderator: Imran Rasid
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