Civil society groups to hold major Penang Forum

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On Sunday, 13 April 2008, civil society
groups and concerned individuals in Penang are coming together to
debate and propose plans of action on how they can work with the new
Penang state government to implement people-centred development and
to promote more democratic, participatory and transparent governance.

Registration: Phone 658 5251 during
office hours or email aliran@streamyx.com

Registration fee of RM5 payable on the day. 




The
Penang Forum is a step towards the production of
concrete proposals to the state government on a range of issues which
concern us. It will look at issues including environment, transport
and urban issues, governance, women, workers, disabled, youth and
students, and arts,culture and heritage. The emphasis of the Penang
Forum is not so much about ‘what is wrong with Penang’ as ‘what
can we do about it’.
 

The
objective is to start a process that would enable concerned
individuals and civil society groups to establish their own agendas
and plans of action for consideration by the state government and its
agencies. They will also be looking to develop follow-up action (for
example: the formation of specialised working groups to further
develop proposals on particular topics) and to establish a regular
official scheduled forum of exchange with the state government so
that their plans and proposals can be systematically fed in and
discussed. At the end of the day, it is hoped that those at the forum
will be able to adopt a Declaration for submission to the state
government.

The
Forum is being organised by the two-dozen odd main civil society that
organised the successful Pesta Rakyat Merdeka last year.

Below
are details of the event and the programme for the day:

PENANG
FORUM

Date:
13 April 2008 (Sunday)

Time:
9.00 am to 4.30pm

Place:
Disted College (Jalan Macalister/Jalan Cantonment)

Programme

8.15
– 9.00am Registration

 

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FIRST
SESSION: Moderated by Loh Cheng Kooi, Women’s Centre for Change
 

9.00
– 9.15 Opening Remarks
: Ahmad Chik,
Penang Heritage Trust

 

9.15
– 9.45
Topic 1: Environmental Issues

Speaker:
Yueh-Kwong Leong, Malaysian Nature Society

Open
Discussion

 

9.45
– 10.15
Topic 2: Traffic and Urban Issues

Speaker:
S.P.
Choong, CEPAT

Open
Discussion

 

10.15-10.45
Topic 3: Culture, Arts, and Heritage

Speaker:
Tan Sooi Beng,
Ombak-Ombak

Open
Discussion

 

10.45
– 11.00 Tea Break

SECOND
SESSION: Moderated by Kanda Kumar, Malaysian Nature Society

11.00-
11.30
Topic 4: Women’s Issues

Speaker:
Prema Devaraj, Women’s Centre for Change

Open
Discussion

 

11.30
– 12.00
Topic 5: Labour Issues

Speaker:
Kris Khaira,
Pusat Khidmat Pekerja Tanjung

Open
Discussion

 

12.00
– 12.30
Topic 6: Disabled People’s
Rights

Speaker:
Lim Kah Cheng, Sustainable Independent Living Access (SILA)

Open
Discussion
 

 

12.30-
1.00 Topic 7: Youth and Students

Speaker:
Lau Shu Shi, Suaram

Open
Discussion

 

1.00
– 2.
00 Lunch

 

THIRD
SESSION: Moderated by Anil Netto, Aliran

2.00
– 2.30
Topic 8: Local Government and
Peoples’ Participation

Speaker:
Francis Loh Kok Wah,
Aliran

Open
Discussion

2.30
– 3.00
Topic 9: Other issues

Everyone
welcome to contribute

FOURTH
SESSION: M
oderated by Ahmad Chik

3.00
4.00 Open Discussion and Adoption of
Draft Declaration

4.00 Formation of Working Groups

followed
by tea

The
presenters in the
first three sessions will
introduce the topic and highlight key areas in 10 minutes. There will
be an open discussion on the topic for another 15-20 minutes.

Everyone
is welcome to join, but please register first.

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