12.30 pm – Students’ arrival.
12.45 pm – Guests’ arrival.
1.00 pm – Welcoming speech by MSD Director, Prof. Madya Dr. Rosman Abdullah.
1.15 pm – Introduction on PCORE and speaker.
1.30 pm – Speaker’s address, Datin Halimah Mohd. Said.
2.30 pm – Q&A and discussion session.
3.00 pm – Presentation of token of appreciation by Farquar Haqqani, UKEC Chairman.
3.30 pm – Refreshments.
Introduction on PCORE
PCORE is the acronym for Peace, COnscience and REason, a citizen movement which has been initiated to promote healthy discussion on the way forward to achieve peace and national unity.
By raising awareness on the importance of lending the voices of peace, conscience and reason at all levels of discourse, a conducive environment will be created to implement meaningful programmes and initiatives.
By stimulating the energy of the young and the experience of the veterans, the collective wisdom will produce constructive ideas for change and development.
PCORE’s inaugural forum in November 2010 was supported by Yayasan 1Malaysia and ASLI, and graced by the royal guest of honour DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. It was attended by Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil as well as prominent speakers, civil society activists, representatives from government agencies, institutions of higher learning, NGOs and the private sector.
PCORE represents a group of citizens who embrace and share the notion of peace as the way forward to achieve the national goals of unity and integration. Peace is the universal path to meaningful dialogue, communication and discourse among diverse groups of people.
The objective of the Youth Forum is to introduce PCORE and to encourage the UK Malaysian student movement to lend their voices of peace, conscience and reason to promote
initiatives for nation building. PCORE addresses issues that are of interest and concern to youth, among which are the following:
- LEADERSHIP AND ITS ROLE, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN SHAPING A NATION
- CHANGING VALUE SYSTEMS AND THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY
- INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMMES
DATIN HALIMAH MOHD SAID is a writer and citizen journalist who contributes regularly to “Letters to the Editor” in three mainstream newspapers, namely New Straits Times, The Star and The Sun.
Her writings represent an analytical viewpoint on issues of national concern such as corruption, education and socio‐cultural problems, and a discussion of their societal
Besides the traditional print media, her postings regularly appear in her blog ninitalk.wordpress.com and on Facebook, reaching out to both the older and younger generations.
Currently, she sits on the committee of several organisations including Persatuan Bahasa Moden Malaysia and Heritage Asia.
As a long‐serving educationist and academician specialising in English and Linguistics – secondary school teacher (1969-76) and university lecturer (1976-2000) – she has contributed and edited numerous writings including the co‐authorship of a book Images of the Jawi Peranakan of Penang (2004).
As the founder of PCORE, she is actively pursuing activities on the ground including a Youth Forum in the first quarter of 2011, an Art Exhibition in the last quarter as well as community, art and language camps.
Halimah holds a BA (Hons) in English (Universiti Malaya), Diploma in Education (Universiti Malaya), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Leeds) and completed a four-year residential requirement for a PhD in Translation Theory (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).