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National Unity Forum: Strengthening The Voices Of Moderates, Moving Forward Together
Date: 04 Sep 2014
Time: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Venue: Palace of the Golden Horses


ASLI and The STAR will be organising the National Unity Forum on 4th September 2014 at the Palace of the Golden Horses.

The National Unity Forum, under the theme “Strengthening the Voice of Moderation, Moving Forward Together”, will serve as a platform for discussion on building a shared future and common destiny for Malaysians.

“There will be a session on next generation leadership and how youths can further en­­hance moderation and tolerance. This session will help provide a voice for the younger ge­­neration to air their thoughts on moderation and governance,” said ASLI CEO Tan Sri Michael Yeoh.

He said the forum was in line with The Star’s Brave Views, Bold Ideas campaign to promote moderation in the country.

For the campaign launched last week, the newspaper has pledged to keep discussions open, rational and moderate as it highlights the many liberal and balanced voices among Malaysians.

“The date of the event is between Merdeka on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16, so we are celebrating both days during the forum, while also discussing how to further promote religious harmony in the country,” said Yeoh.

The National Unity Forum will be held on Sept 4 at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Seri Kembangan from 9am to 5pm.

The Star is the media partner for the forum, which is free and open to the public.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who is in charge of national unity, will deliver a keynote address.

Among the key speakers are Global Move­ment of Moderates chief executive officer Da­­tuk Saifuddin Abdullah, ASLI's Centre for Public Policy Studies Chairman Tan Sri Ramon Nava­­ratnam, Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) secretary-general Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, 1Malaysia Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and The Star columnist Sharyn Shufiyan, who is also the granddaughter of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Other speakers include National Council of Women’s Organisation president Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Habsah, Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, National Unity Department’s operations deputy director-general L. Ganesan and Council of Churches Malaysia secretary-general Rev Dr Hermen Shastri.

For more information and to register for the forum, call ASLI at 03-2093 5393.

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