Projek Amanat Negara 2012/13

Projek Amanat Negara is an annual initiative that serves as a platform for intellectual discourse between leading figures of the political, social and economic fields as well as Malaysian student leaders. Now in its 10th installment, it has been hugely successful in previous years, even providing the impetus to organise the annual Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia: Restoring Confidence, Paving the Way.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Malaysia: Restoring Confidence, Paving the Way’. As Malaysia approaches a crucial juncture in its history, it is blessed with a myriad of profitable opportunities and beset by numerous difficult challenges. With the 13th General Elections looming on the horizon, it is pertinent that Malaysia continue its march towards achieving Vision 2020 and becoming a high-income nation. We hope that this conference will be a double-edged sword which will not only expose students to different perspectives brought to them first-hand by eminent speakers, but also serves as a platform to cultivate interest and awareness of national issues. Clichéd as it may be, its truth cannot be denied: the hope of Malaysia’s future rests on the shoulders of its youth today.

With a diverse range of speakers and thought-provoking sessions, we extend a warm invitation to fellow Malaysians to join us in examining various key issues relevant to the governance, development and holistic progress of our country. Let us all strive in togetherness to become citizens of high intellectual value for a better Malaysia.


Corporate: Globalising the Malaysian Market

  • Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, Managing Director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad
  • Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, Deputy Chairman/Group Managing Director of Boustead Holdings Berhad
  • Shah Hakim Zain, Chief Executive Officer of Scomi Group Berhad

Civil Society: The Rise of Civil Society: Is Malaysia Moving Towards Direct Democracy?

  • Clare Rewcastle Brown, Founder of Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak
  • Assoc. Prof Dr. Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani, Dean of School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Angela Yap, Founder of Akasaa and former human rights advocate for Amnesty International Malaysia

Religion: Fundamental Changes: Necessity or Mere Political Rhetoric?

  • Dr Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor in Political Science at Singapore Management University,
  • Shaykh Ahmed Saad Al-Azhari, Founder and Director, Ihsan Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, State Assemblyman for Seri Setia and PKR communications director

Public Policy: 13th General Elections: Scrutinising Public Policy

  • Raja Petra Kamarudin, Chief Editor of Malaysia Today
  • Ibrahim Suffian, Director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research
  • Dr. Adam Tyson, Lecturer of Southeast Asian Politics at University of Leeds and former Deputy Director, Centre for International Affairs and Cooperation, Universiti Utara Malaysia


 27th January 2013 (Sunday) 


Arrival and Registration of Participants


Welcoming Address: UKEC Chairman 2012/13

Officiating Address: Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Eireland


Session One: Corporate


Session One Q & A


Session Two: Civil Society


Session Two Q & A



Special Address: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) at the Crossroads. Shebby Singh, Global Advisor of Blackburn Rovers FC

Keynote Address Q & A


Lunch and Prayer Time


Session Three: Religion




Session Three Q & A

Resisting Shocks from the Global Economy: Dr. Nungsari Ahmad Radhi, Executive Director, Khazanah Research and Investment Strategy

Special Address Q & A


Session Four: Public Policy


Session Four Q & A


Photo session