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A FORUM

VOICES OF PEACE, CONSCIENCE & REASON

Date:    Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Time:  9am – 4.30pm

Venue:  Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

 

General Aim 

Citizen and civil society forums such as VOICES OF PEACE, CONSCIENCE & REASON are effective conduits for nation building. They serve as the moral conscience and voice of the people to generate change in society and provide the necessary checks and balances to programmed development in the public and private sectors.

As an inclusive channel of communication, they bring together diverse groups with alternative viewpoints through a unified body of discourse. As an apolitical lobby they contribute non-partisan input and feedback on current issues and concerns. As an impartial pressure group they manifest citizen efforts to monitor untoward developments and prevent abuse and corruption in society.

As an effective task-force in nation building they lend their multifarious talents, skills and expertise to organise and implement socio-cultural programmes and activities for peace and national unity.

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.  

Objectives of Forum

  • To create a civil society channel for peace building efforts
  • To develop  a body of discourse built on moral conscience and reason
  • To stimulate and encourage positive affirmations for nation building among diverse groups
  • To propose unifying programmes and activities within and among local communities 

Topics of Discussion

PANEL 1

LEADERSHIP AND ITS ROLE,  FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES IN SHAPING A NATION

Effective participation and constructive contribution from the nation’s leaders and role models can bring about dynamic changes in the socio-cultural and political milieu

  • Politicians in establishing stability and harmony
  • The media’s social responsibility in shaping public discourse
  • Educators in creating a rational, thinking society
  • Community and spiritual leaders in instilling ethics and moral values
  • Business leaders in building a dynamic model of  CSR

Panelists:

Professor Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Tan Sri Jawhar Hassan, Tan Sri Raymond Navaratnam,  Professor Dr Noraini Osman, Professor Dr Lim Teik Ghee

Moderator:

Dato’ Dr Ismail Noor

 

PANEL 2

CHANGING VALUE SYSTEMS AND THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY

Merging traditional value systems and modes of thinking with liberal, modernist approaches to impact societal development

  • Harmonising generational differences in the family and community
  • Youth as the catalyst for positive societal change
  • Technology and its impact on modes of communication
  •  Creating meaningful spaces for volunteerism and social activism
  • Defining core values and commonalitities among diverse groups

Panelists:

Encik Kamarul  Haron, Cik Tricia Yeoh, Encik Tim Fernandez, Dr Hartini Zainuddin,  Encik Anas Zubedy

Moderator:

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir

 

ROUND TABLE TRACKS

Initiatives to be taken at the community, organisational and individual levels to promote peace and unity  

1.    Community networking and neighbourliness

Facilitator: Professor Dr Yang Farina/ Cik Melor Mokhtar

2.    Celebrating diversity and interfaith relations

Facilitator: Pastor Sivin Kit/ Encik Rabin Nijhar

3.    Synergising the school and home in the education of the young  

Facilitator: Datin Noor  Azimah/ Puan Zainab Majid 

4.    Creating a robust environment for improving health and wellness

Facilitator: Cik Fouzia HA/ Puan Tessie Lim  

5.    Uplifting socio-economic status through education and training

Facilitator: Associate Professor Dr Madeline Berma/ Puan Masitah Babjan 

6.    Sustaining and preserving the natural and cultural heritage

Facilitator: Professor Dr Farida Shah/ Associate Professor Dr Kalaivani Nadarajah  

7.    Promoting effective language and communication strategies

Facilitator: Datin Halimah Mohd Said/ Encik Philip Mathews 

8.    Ensuring fairness, justice and legal equity

Facilitator: Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan/ Encik Quintin Rozario 

9.    Building integrity and ethical standards

Facilitator: Encik Philip Koh/  Dr Asma Abdullah   

10. Consolidating national integration and unity

Facilitator: Encik KK Tan/ Puan Rina Lia Abdul Rahim

Languages

Bahasa Malaysia & English

Target Audience (200-250)

  • private individuals
  • community leaders  and social activists
  • invited representatives from professional bodies and organisations – government officials and corporate figures, media (print, electronic and broadcast), journalists and bloggers, PTAs and NGOs
  • academicians, students (institutions of higher learning) and youth bodies

 

PROGRAMME 

Registration: 8.00am– 8.45am

      Negaraku  

Welcoming Address: 9.00am – 9.10am

Datin Halimah Mohd Said

Keynote Address: 9.10am – 9.30am

HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah

Panel Discussion I and Q&A : 9.30am – 11.00am

Panel Discussion II  and Q&A: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Refreshments are available outside the conference hall throughout the day

Presentation of 2 songs celebrating Unity and Peace: Encik Rizal Ridzuan

Lunch: 12.45pm– 2.00pm

Round-Table Tracks: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Summary Presentation: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Resolutions & Recommendations: 4.00pm– 4.30pm

Tea:  4.30PM

 

CORE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Chairperson: Datin Halimah Mohd Said

Vice Chairperson: Professor Dr Farida Shah

Committee Members: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir                               

                                   Professor Dr Yang Farina Abdul Aziz                               

                                   Associate Professor Dr Madeline Berma                              

                                   Associate Professor Dr Kalaivani Nadarajah                               

                                   Dr Asma Abdullah                               

                                   Datuk Atikah Adom                               

                                   Cik Fouzia Hassan Abdullah                               

                                    Puan Masitah Babjan

 

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