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CHAIRPERSON’S SPEECH

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS RAJA ZARITH SOFIAH BINTI ALMARHUM SULTAN IDRIS SHAH

YANG AMAT BERBAHAGIA TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMED

YANG AMAT BERBAHAGIA TUN DR SITI HASMAH MOHD ALI

YANG BERHORMAT DATO’ SERI SHAHRIZAT ABDUL JALIL

HONOURED GUESTS, LADIES & GENTLEMEN

WELCOME

 

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE FORUM VOICES OF PEACE, CONSCIENCE & REASON.

IT IS SO HEARTENING TO SEE A  HALL OF BRIGHT FACES EARLY IN THE MORNING, EAGER  TO SPEAK UP FOR A CAUSE FUNDAMENTAL TO HUMAN SOCIETY  – THE RIGHT TO PEACE AND THE FREEDOM TO SPEAK WITH CONSCIENCE AND REASON.

THE CORE ORGANISING COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR  BEING WITH US TODAY, TO LISTEN TO OUR ESTEEMED GUEST OF HONOUR, OUR DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS, MODERATORS AND FACILITATORS.  MOST OF ALL, WE APPLAUD YOU FOR COMING TO LEND YOUR VOICE AND ENGAGE ONE ANOTHER IN MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION.

YOUR GESTURE OF SUPPORT IS REALLY MEANINGFUL AS IT COMES ON THE EVE OF AIDIL ADHAR, HARI RAYA KORBAN (SACRIFICES). IT SIGNALS PERHAPS THE SACRIFICES YOU ARE MAKING FOR YOUR BELOVED COUNTRY.

 

PARTICIPANTS

OUR PARTICIPANTS TODAY ARE INDEED A MICROCOSM OF MALAYSIAN SOCIETY, REPRESENTING VETERAN GROUPS AND YOUTH BODIES FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS AND STRATA OF SOCIETY. TOGETHER WE WILL IMBUE THIS GATHERING WITH A TREMENDOUS ENERGY OF SPIRIT, SYNERGY OF IDEAS AND UNITY OF THOUGHT AS WE CHART A COMMON PATH TOWARDS A BETTER MALAYSIA. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE NATION’S HOPE FOR ENDURING PEACE AND UNITY LIES IN THE WISDOM OF A PEOPLE WHO ARE ENLIGHTENED AND GUIDED BY THEIR CONSCIENCE AND REASON.

 FORUM CONTENT

IT IS THE FORUM’S OBJECTIVE THAT WE FOCUS ON THE CORE VALUES AND SHARED ASPIRATIONS THAT BIND, ON THE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS THAT NURTURE.   IT IS THE FORUM’S AIM THAT WE BUILD ON OUR STRENGTHS AS A SOCIETY WITH  MULTIFARIOUS RESOURCES.

THE TWO PANEL DISCUSSIONS WILL FOREFRONT CURRENT CONCERNS ABOUT LEADERSHIP, YOUTH, SYSTEMS AND VALUES  AND HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WEAVE NEW PATTERNS AND PARADIGMS.

THE TEN ROUND TABLE TRACKS WILL FOCUS ON THE INITIATIVES I.E. THE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE ORGANISED AT 3 LEVELS – INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY & ORGANISATION.

FORUM GOALS

IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THE UNIFIED DISCOURSE, CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS AND PRAGMATIC INITIATIVES THAT ENSUE WILL RIPPLE FORTH INTO WAVES OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE STARTED FAR AND WIDE AS WE SPREAD OUR MESSAGE AMONG OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ORGANISATIONS.

CALL FOR PEACE & UNITY

WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE THE UNITY WE NEED AND THE PEACE WE DESIRE BY CLOSING RANKS AND CONSOLIDATING OUR EFFORTS IN THE FACE OF MODERN CHALLENGES!

SO LET US GET ALONG WITH ONE ANOTHER AND AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKE  MALAYSIA A NATION WE ARE PROUD TO HAND ON A PLATTER TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

A PRAYER

Let us assert

We are one family of people

Standing for peace – 

Peace for our communities

 Let us connect through our diversity

 Through our conscience and reason

 Let us be responsible

 For creating the change we want.

 

 

LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION

AT THE PERSONAL LEVEL, I FEEL COMPELLED TO BRING UP SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN BUGGING ME FOR SOME TIME WHICH SOME OF MY DEAR FRIENDS HAVE HAD EARFULS OF – AND WHICH I’LL PROBABLY WRITE ABOUT IN YET ANOTHER LETTER TO THE EDITOR. BUT DARE I SPEAK ABOUT IT HERE WHERE I MIGHT BE TAKEN TO IMMEDIATE TASK? I DARE SAY I DARE!

BEING A LINGUIST, I’M CONVINCED THAT THE WAY FORWARD LIES TO A GREAT EXTENT IN HOW MALAYSIANS USE LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE AND INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. A LOT OF THE MISUNDERSTANDING AND CONFLICTS WHICH STAND IN THE WAY OF PEACE CAN BE AVOIDED OR AT LEAST AVERTED IF WE USE LANGUAGE WITH MORE CARE. WE MUST UNLEARN OUR CARELESS COMMUNICATION HABITS AND RELEARN HOW TO EMPLOY LANGUAGE WITH GREATER FINESSE AND ACCURACY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE CONSTANTLY IN THE PUBLIC EYE AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE RAKYAT AT FORMAL AND INFORMAL PLATFORMS, AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INFORMAL, COLLOQUIAL SPEECH AND FORMAL STYLES AND STRUCTURES HAVE TO BE TAUGHT AND LEARNED. WE MUST BE MORE DISCERNING IN OUR CHOICE OF WORDS AND CONCEPTS AND AVOID THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN STIGMATISED OR ABUSED THROUGH OVER – USE. WE MUST CREATE NEW CONCEPTS THAT PULL US TOGETHER TO REPLACE THE OLD ONES THAT PUSH US ASUNDER.

NO DOUBT THERE’LL BE MORE DISCUSSION ON LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION IN ROUND TABLE TRACK 8 AS THERE WILL BE ON THE OTHER  ENGAGING TOPICS.

 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

ON BEHALF OF THE CORE ORGANISING COMMITTEE I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE KIND PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN US:

  • YAYASAN 1 MALAYSIA AND ASLI – THE TWO GIANT ORGANISATIONS WHO HAVE ALLOWED OUR FLEDGLING GROUP TO LEAN ON THEM.
  • PANELISTS, MODERATORS AND FACILITATORS WHO DID NOT HESITATE WHEN INVITED TO LEND THEIR VOICES
  • THE MEDIA FOR THEIR FANTASTIC SUPPORT
  • FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO GAVE FREELY OF THEIR TIME
  • KLGCC FOR THEIR FORUM MANAGEMENT

A HUGE TERIMA KASIH TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS AND DONORS FOR MAKING THE FORUM POSSIBLE:

  • TRADEWINDS CORPORATION BERHAD
  • WSA GROUP
  • SAJ INCLUSIVE & INCORPORATED
  • MAY TAK TERHAD
  • YATI & PARTNERS

MENJUNJUNG KASIH SETINGGI-TINGGINYA KEPADA YANG MAHA MULIA RAJA ZARITH SOFIAH BINTI ALMARHUM SULTAN IDRIS SHAH ATAS KEBERANGKATAN TUANKU UNTUK BERTITAH DALAM UCAPTAMA PADA FORUM SUARA KEAMANAN MENERUSI HATI NURANI DAN KEBOLEHAN MENAAKUL.

THANK YOU & MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU!

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4 Responses to “”


  1. 1 dannalli
    November 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Peace n Unity and spread the message.
    Like to see the top 2 sponsors .. TSM and ‘besan’ DWM.

  2. 2 ninitalk
    November 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    dannalli – in times of need who do you turn to but your family and friends! I believe nepotism and cronyism are natural laws.

  3. 3 dannalli
    November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the pics.
    What a colourful event.

  4. 4 ninitalk
    November 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

    The colours that women somehow manage to bring out of/ bring in to any event are what make it outstanding.

    The 10-member CORE Organising Committee was all women. Either we didn’t think of asking the men or thought we could do just as well or better without them.

    You would have enjoyed the deliberations dannalli!


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