Corporate Leadership Dialogue Series: A Malaysian in the ASEAN Economic Community By Dato' Sri Nazir Razak - 26 June 2014
Up Close and Personal With
Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak
Group Chief Executive/ Managing Director
Chevening Alumni of Malaysia (CAM) recently initiated the Corporate Leadership Dialogue Series aimed at bringing highly prominent and successful CEOs in corporate Malaysia for dialogues on current business topics with Chevening alumni members and the general public. Inaugurating this dialogue series was our very own Chevening alumnus, Y. Bhg Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak (Chairman of the CIMB Group) who spoke on the topic “A Malaysian in the ASEAN Economic Community”. The event also launched the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Chevening Scholarship Programme in Malaysia.
Held at the Auditorium of the Securities Commission on 26 June 2014, the leadership dialogue was attended by more than 200 guests comprising Chevening alumni, members of other UK alumni organisations, business professionals, university students and the general public. Deputy Head of Mission of the British High Commission, H.E. Ray Kyles and Deputy British High Commissioner H.E. Paul Rennie were also present as special guests.
Speaking at the dialogue, Dato’ Sri Nazir shared with the audience his personal experience in working with other ASEAN business leaders and stakeholders in steering the block towards achieving the AEC agenda by December 2015. The audience then engaged with him in a lively question and answer session where they not only asked questions on the AEC but also used this opportunity to provide their views on what they expected as ASEAN citizens from an ASEAN economic bloc such as the AEC. To make the forum more engaging, CAM ran a poll among the audience just before the dialogue on ASEAN and the AEC. Results of the poll were flashed during the Q&A session.
CAM will continue to hold these dialogues with other prominent CEOs and business leaders.
Chevening Social featuring artistic alumni - 22 February
The social featuring our artistic luminaries Dato' Seri Dr Ng Kah Ming (musician), Dina Zaman (writer) and Eddin Khoo (artistic all rounder) was attended by more than 20 alumni and partners. After our guests shared from their experiences, we had lively and interactive conversations. Everyone present said it was a pleasant and enjoyable evening.
Highlights of Activities from April to May 2013
Meeting with Indonesian Chevening alumna – 11 May
CAM President Nithi Nesadurai met with Indonesian Chevening alumna (LSE, 2006-2007), Dr Farah Purwaningrum, on 11 May in Petaling Jaya. Currently a Fellow at the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Farah was in Malaysia to conduct research on environmental change and energy policy.
Also keen to network with Chevening alumni in Malaysia interested in this topic, Farah (front, in photo) sent an email of enquiry to CAM which led to contact with Nithi who works on environmental issues. They were joined at their discussion over coffee by Siti Rahyla Rahmat, an academic from Universiti Sains Malaysia currently pursuing her PhD studies in Bonn, Germany.
Firefly Viewing and Dinner at Kuala Selangor – 27 April
The Committee organised its first social outing on Saturday, April 27 to view fireflies in Kuala Selangor, about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. By making it a family-oriented outing, this event was held to reach out to a different segment of the alumni.
The strategy worked! All seats on the coach chartered for the outing were snapped up. On the day, 39 individuals comprising alumni, their partners and family members, and British High Commission staff participated in the outing. A Chevening alumna from Hong Kong working in Kuala Lumpur also joined us. On arrival in Kuala Selangor at about 6.30pm, the group first indulged in a sumptuous 10-course Chinese dinner at the Firefly Park Resort Bukit Belimbing.
Then, on receiving the signal from the boat operator, we headed to the Berembang River, a short walk away, boarded two boats and embarked on the cruise. Fireflies are found in mangrove trees along the banks of the river. At night, bright lights emitting from their abdomens illuminate the trees in which they reside, providing a spectacular visual effect similar to that of a lighted Christmas tree.
Due to good weather conditions, fireflies were glowing in large numbers and the group was able to witness and enjoy this sight. Another attraction of the cruise was the complete silence and serenity in which it took place, making it a very relaxing experience. After the 20-minute boat ride, we headed back to our coach and left for Kuala Lumpur. We returned to the city at 10:30pm.
Annual General Meeting – 18 April
The AGM for 2013, held on Thursday, 18 April at La Bodega Restaurant in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, turned out to be a smooth and successful event. Members present were very supportive of the Committee’s efforts over the past year and its plans for the next year.
While it was not an election year, some positions on the Committee had to be filled up because of vacancies caused by resignations. The new line up of Committee members for the 2013/2014 term is as follows:
||Abdul Rashid Ismail (previously a Committee member)
||Sharifah Bakar Ali
|Asst. Hon. Secretary:
||Leong Lai Ming (previously a Committee member)
|| Mark Pui (newly appointed)
Navin Gopal (newly appointed)
Samsurin Welch (newly appointed)
Tan Mei Ling (previously Vice President)
Vicky Wong (previously Hon Auditor)
Siva Somasundram (newly appointed)
The AGM also approved the resolution to change CAM’s current membership structure comprising ordinary members, life members and honorary members to only life members and honorary members. The new subscription for life membership was set at RM100.
Round Table Discussion on Race Relations in Britain and Malaysia – 11 April
The Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Chevening Alumni Malaysia jointly hosted a round table discussion (RTD) on race relations at the office of Dignity International in Petaling Jaya on Thursday, 11 April.
The catalyst for holding this event was the recent publication of the book ‘Race Relations in Britain and Malaysia: An Anthology of Discussions with Professor Dr. Aneez Ismail’ by KITA-UKM. The book is a documentation of the lectures and discussions held during the visit of Professor Aneez Ismail to Malaysia in 2009. A Professor of General Practice, Dr Aneez is attached to the University of Manchester.
The RTD was especially timely given that the Malaysian government is considering introducing the National Harmony Act as its version of a Race Relations Act. Serving as commentators on the topic were KITA-UKM Principal Research Fellow, Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria; Deputy British High Commissioner, Ray Kyles; think tank head and business consultant, K K Tan; and former head of Dignity International, Jerald Joseph. CAM President, Nithi Nesadurai moderated the discussion.
About 20 alumni and friends attended the RTD which was a new format for CAM which mainly organises public forums. Here the focus was on getting everyone to participate in the discussion and share their points of view. Overall, the consensus was that the British experience with race relations had provided many positive examples for Malaysia to emulate and that having legislation for this area was required as a benchmark. UKM-KITA will publish a monograph on this topic based on the discussions which took place. CAM accepted UKM-KITA’s invitation to co-host RTDs on other topics in the future.