Despite being only four months old, Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) is making waves within Malaysia’s civil society fraternity. The non-profit organisation has been speaking up on a host of issues relating to its twin causes of promoting moderation and good governance.
CENBET is helmed by Co-Presidents Lim Chee Wee and Gan Ping Sieu. Lim was a former president of the Malaysian Bar Council and had been very vocal on legal and human rights issues. Gan was a former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, and was known to speak his mind – to the point that he was reprimanded by the Cabinet.
Other committee members include veteran educationist Tan Sri T. Marimuthu, youth activist Low Eng Tack, former student leader Woon King Chai and social media activist, Fadzmel Fadzil. The Committee is supported by Executive Secretary, Chow Kum Hor, an ex-journalist and political aide.
A Board of Governors provides advice and set the direction for the Committee. Among those on the board are entrepreneur Tan Sri Clement Hii, former Deputy Higher Education Minister, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, former lawmaker Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng, senior lawyer Dato’ Simon Lim and veteran journalist, Chong Cheng Hai.
CENBET committee members have been speaking up on a host of issues including asking for the repeal of the Sedition Act, criticising sexist remarks, and promoting free and responsible speech. These statements get picked up in various newspapers and online news portals.
CENBET is based in Wisma HCK, Section 19, Petaling Jaya. For more information, go to www.cenbet.org.my orwww.facebook.com/Cenbet.