The Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) co-president Gan Ping Sieu recently gave a talk at the highly-regarded ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.
The talk, Wither the Reformists’ Agenda: Is the Federation Breaking Up?, was addressed to a group of academicians, the diplomatic corps, the business community and social activists, among others.
During the 90-minute talk and question-and-answer session, Gan gave an overview about how Malaysia had turned out the way it is today due to the various policies in the past as well as the shifting social structures and values. He also expressed concern about how moderation, a hallmark of this nation, had come under threat of late.
The talk was moderated by Dr Lee Hock Guan, co-ordinator for the Malaysia Studies Programme at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
The institute is regarded highly in the region due to the quality of its research findings on geopolitical topics. It frequently invites eminent speakers to give lectures.
Among those who have been invited include French president François Hollande; The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte; and ASEAN secretary-general Le Luong Minh.
CENBET is a civil society group that promotes moderation and good governance. It frequently takes part in social engagements, including talks with university students, and holds public forums to promote its causes.
Gan (right) with Dr Lee Hock Guan, who moderated the talk.
Some of the participants at the talk ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.