MF Conference NYC 2010: Harapan

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Theme: MF 2010: Harapan
Venue: Columbia University in New York, Rumah SABM in Kuala Lumpur
Date: 2 – 4 April 2010

Come join many other Malaysians from around the US to talk about Malaysia, and the different perspectives of harapan that we each and all have for our country. Join group discussions, and take part in the forum that will be broadcast live from KL. We’ll also be having a live Local Forum on ‘active citizenship’ and what it means for us to be Malaysians living abroad. And if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be having Malaysian food. (Yes, Malaysian food!!)

We have about 120 registered participants, so this will be a good time to socialize and widen our networks.

The Schedule:


Friday, 2 April
7pm – On-site registration, Welcome session, ice-breaker, socializing
9pm – What is MF? + Personal sharings on our concerns and interests in Malaysia’s future

Saturday, 3 April
9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Briefing
9:45am – “Being Active Citizens at Home and Abroad” local discussion
11:00am – “Growth, Distribution and the NEP in Malaysia” with Jomo Kwame Sundaram
12:15pm – Group Discussions 1
1:15pm – Lunch
2:45pm – Group Discussions 2
4:00pm – Free time
6:00pm – Makan Malaysian Dinner!
9:00pm – “Arts, Literature, and Education” with Sharon Bakar, Pete Teo, Lim Soon Heng and Fahmi Fadzil
10:15pm – “Racial and Religious Harmony: Understanding the ‘Allah’ Issue” with Khairy Jamaluddin, Wong Chin Huat and Haris Ibrahim

Sunday, 4 April
10.00am – Breakfast
11.00am – Conclusions, Open discussions, Evaluation
12.30pm – Makan and Selamat Jalan!

Speaker Profiles

Growth, Distribution and the NEP in Malaysia

Jomo K. S.
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a Malaysian economist and the current United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He has authored over 35 monographs and edited over 50 books, primarily on Southeast Asian political economy. In 2007, he received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He graduated with a degree in economics from Yale University, and holds a Masters of Public Administration and a PhD from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Arts, Literature and Education

Pete Teo

Originally from Sabah, Pete is a well-known Malaysian singer-songwriter. He is famous for producing ‘Here In My Home’ in 2008, a production that featured many Malaysian personalities and celebrities. The aim of this project was to promote national unity in Malaysia, using a music video directed by Yasmin Ahmad and Ho Yuhang. Pete Teo is also one of the main figures behind the 15Malaysia project, producing all 15 of the short films. This project became a huge success in Malaysia, and was shown all over the world. Columbia University also had a showing of 15Malaysia earlier this year.

Sharon Bakar

Sharon Bakar is from Britain, and is a self-proclaimed bibliophile. She trains ELT (English Language Training) teachers and teaches creative writing as a freelancer. Sharon also often writes about books, and her blog contains many of her thoughts about almost anything. Sharon is also passionate about education.

Lim Soon Heng

Lim Soon Heng holds two Master’s degrees in English Literature from the USA, and has taught in the US for many years before returning to Malaysia. He is also active in theater, and while living in the US, undertook acting roles with Rick’s College’s Drama Department, Duke University’s Drama Department, and The Triangle Opera Company. In Malaysia, he is also no stranger to theatre, and has performed in many productions staged at KLPac.

Fahmi Fadzil

Fahmi Fadzil is popularly known as both a performer and a writer. He has been active in theater since his days as a college student, and is now very much involved in community arts projects, including programs and projects under the Five Arts Centre. He also hosts The Fairly Current Show on PopTeeVee. Fahmi Fadzil is a principal coordinator for the wayang experimentation group Projeck Wayang, and is a columnist and contributor for various Malaysian publications like KLue, TheSun, and online portals like Kakiseni and TheNutGraph.

Racial and Religious Harmony: Understanding the ‘Allah’ Issue

Khairy Jamaluddin

Khairy Jamaluddin is leader of the Barisan Nasional and Umno Youth Wings, and Member of Parliament for Rembau. He graduated with a philosophy, politics and economics degree from Oxford University, and holds a Master’s of Legal and Political Theory from University College London.

Haris Ibrahim

Haris Ibrahim is a lawyer and activist. His blog, The People’s Parliament, started as a project to hold politicians accountable. Haris is also a pioneer of the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia initiative.

Wong Chin Huat

Wong Chin Huat is a political scientist and activist. He graduated with a degree in economics from Universiti Malaya, and a Masters in Psychology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; he is presently completing his PhD in politics, focusing on recent West Malaysian electoral politics, at the University of Essex. Chin Huat teaches journalism at the Monash University Malaysia Campus, and writes frequently on Malaysian politics. He is also a spokesperson for the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), and chairs the Writers Alliance for Media Independence.