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Roundtable on Decentralisation in Malaysia, 24 Feb 2012, 8.30am @ Penang State Assembly

The Penang Institute is proud to host a roundtable discussion in collaboration with the office of the Speaker of the Penang State Assembly and the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) on the topic of “Decentralisation in Malaysia”.

The discussion will be moderated by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS.

Prominent discussants include, the YAM Tunku Zain al-Abidin, the founding President of IDEAS, Professor Dato’ Dr. Woo Wing Thye, the incoming Executive Director of Penang Institute and YB Liew Chin Tong, MP for Bukit Bendera, Penang Institute’s out-going Executive Director and policy advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang.

This roundtable discussion aims to address the issue of decentralisation of governance in Malaysia – an matter that has never been so contentious in the country until the aftermath of the change in political equilibrium in the country in 2008 where federal and state power are now held by different political parties. As there are increasing voices that advocate fordecentralisation, it is high time for Malaysian policy-makers to discuss the rationale of decentralisation by critically considering its pros and cons, as well as how it should be implemented in the Malaysian context if at all, given that each country is to find its own interpretation of the concept due to its unique history background, economic status and socio-political structure. Thus, this roundtable will weigh the question, whether to have a centralised or a decentralised federalism in the context of Malaysia?

The Speaker of the State Assembly will throw his weight on the discussion by giving an opening keynote.

Come join us 24 February, 2012, 8.30am at the Penang State Assembly.

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