The Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) held a forum in conjunction with Malaysia Day on September 16 to take stock of 52 years of nationhood and discuss ways for Malaysia to move forward. It was organised in collaboration with the Centre For Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and held in APW @ Bookmark, Bangsar.
The forum was moderated by CPPS chairman, Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam and the panelists comprised CENBET Co-President Gan Ping Sieu; chief executive of The Malaysian Insider Jahabar Sadiq; Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran and former chair of the Advocates Association of Sarawak Khairil Azmi Hasbie.
CENBET Co-President and former Bar Council chairman Lim Chee Wee delivered the welcoming address.
The two-and-a-half-hour session saw a lively discussion among the panelists, who shared their respective takes on the state of the nation and how to set the country back on course to achieve developed nation status. This was followed by a question-and-answer session with the floor, which also included diplomats and foreign investors.
CENBET is a civil society group that promotes moderation and good governance. It seeks to encourage public discourse on national issues and has often taken a stand on many subjects of public importance. Last February, it organised a talk, The Malaysian Dilemma by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Participants registering for the forum
Lim Chee Wee delivering his welcoming address
A foreign investor posing his question to the panelist
Tan Sri Ramon sharing his experience of how accountable the government was during his days in the civil service