Speaker Series: A Frank Discussion on State Governance with Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

The 2008 General Elections represented a landmark in Malaysian history with the biggest win by Opposition parties since independence, and the change of power in 4 state governments (later 3), Selangor being one of them. Moving forward,the Pakatan Rakyat led state has introduced sweeping changes such as free water,allowances for youth gaining university admission, and the introduction of an open tender system.

The tenure of the Selangor government has not been without its fair share of obstacles as well, with the confusion revolving sand-mining activities in the state, the challenges in securing free as well as cheaper water for the rakyat, and the controversy generated from banning the 1Malaysia logo.The nation’s most economically advanced state is also the nation’s most scrutinised state, subject to thorough coverage by the mass and alternative media.

Governing under such conditions is no mean feat.With so much coverage on the affairs of the state, the rakyat, and students especially, are exposed to various contrasting viewpoints. Labelled as “the most cynical generation of Malaysians”, the students are ever keen to find out aninsider’s account on all these stories that are wide spread, and who better to provide that insight than the man at the helm of the state.

Details

Location: Cass Business School
Date: Friday, 4 February 2011
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Speakers:1. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim
Format: 30 minutes keynote address followed by 30 minutes Q&A

Tentative Itinerary

5.30pm – Arrival of Students
5.50pm – Arrival of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and entourage
6.00pm – Opening Speech by Farquar Haqqani, Chairman of UKEC
6.05pm – Introduction of Speaker and Session
6.15pm – Keynote Address by Tan Sri Khalid
6.45pm – Q&A Session
7.15pm – Presentation of token of appreciation by UKEC
7.20pm – Refreshments

As a non-political, non-partisan organization, UKEC hopes the session would help shed light on the various issues surrounding the Selangor state government, and provide a neutral platform to discuss matters of the state, from policy to disputes, and pave the way for responsible discourse.

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