With just slightly more than a week to go before Malaysia celebrates the historic day, May 9, 2018, when a new political coalition came into power for the first time in the country’s history, a seminar to look at the problems, challenges and achievements of the new government will be held at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur.
The one-day seminar on May 2, titled “GE14 and the Year Since: Analyses and Perspectives” will be opened by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohd Ariff Md Yusof with senior advisor at Khazanah Research Institute Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram delivering the keynote address, according to a statement from IIUM’s Electoral Studies Unit.
The panellists, apart from academicians, come from different backgrounds, but are all familiar with the developments before and after GE14. They include IIUM’s head of electoral studies Syed Arabi Idid and Ibrahim Suffian of Merdeka Center. Both have conducted studies on the GE14 outcome and the popularity of the Pakatan Harapan government.
There are also two panellists from the other side of the political divide - MCA’s Senator Ti Lian Ker representing the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research and Zuhdi Marzuki from PAS Research Centre, who will talk on the promises and manifestos made during GE14 matter.
Prof Emeritus Zakariah Abdul Rashid of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) will also be sharing on economic problems and issues faced by the Harapan government, while Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan will be among those talking on governance and reforms.
According to the statement, the seminar will be held at the Conference Room, Kulliyah of Information and Communication Technology. For more information or to participate, including the media, please contact Fathonah Aina Baharuddin at 013-9313927/[email protected] or Hartini 019-5415214/[email protected]