July 26, 2007
Merdeka Statement Launch
Because what I do at work is so closely linked and intertwined with what I feel at heart, the lines are rather vague. Although this blog is for personal use, I am compelled to share with the world what has been up my sleeve the past couple of months.
The Merdeka Statement was an initiative by the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS), drafted in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence, after which we invited organisations (from all cross-sections of Malaysian society) to contribute towards and give their input. To me, this is an accurate reflection of ensuring that as many individuals in society (represented by organisations) are able to contribute to policy development and planning in the country.
The Merdeka Statement therefore represents a collation of views, sentiments, aspirations, hopes, fears for the future of Malaysia, after looking back upon 50 years of our Independence. You can check it out on our website (click on the CPPS word above here). In the meantime, we are officially launching it on 2nd August 2007.
Look out for the Press Reviews and statements, as I hope this will be timely, to reflect upon the numerous problems and issues that have been plagueing the country. This includes issues like the civil service, the NEP, religion in the Constitution, education, national unity and integration, governance, transparency, accountability, human rights, international competitiveness, the economy, foreign direct investment and the list goes on.
In a nutshell, the Merdeka Statement talks about eight thrusts: Strengthening National Unity, Enhancing International Competitiveness, Creating an Innovation Economy, Redressing Imbalances, Strengthening Institutions, Reforming Education, Ensuring Quality of Life (this includes the Environment, healthcare, housing, security and safety), and Enhancing Government and Fighting Corruption.
To me, although many of these things are not new, it is going to be a historical document and a reference point for us in the new generation – we need some sort of central statement and document (apart from our 9th Malaysia Plan and what have you) to refer to, especially one that speaks with conviction and honesty about the direction we want to head towards in the country!
So I really hope the launch goes well. 🙂 Keep your fingers crossed for the 2nd of August 2007, Merdeka month indeed! (btw, Merdeka means independent, for my international friends).