‘Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia’ forum and Youth workshop, Penang – Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spinning to many plates right now to blog. But still got a little bit of energy to pass on the word. The line up of speakers are worth your time.

Check out Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia. “Bring a friend!”

This is from the People’s Parliament

On 3rd November, 2007, a motley bunch of anak Bangsa Malaysia organised a forum at the Dewan Sri Pinang. You can read about that event HERE.

Speakers and participants at that forum arrived at a consensus on four major points as imperatives if the concept of Bangsa Malaysia or One People, One Nation is to become a reality :

  • No more race-based political parties
  • No more incompetence in Parliament
  • Civil society taking ownership of governance of the nation
  • No more racial delineation

Since mid to late January of this year, that initial motley bunch grew into a group of earnest and dedicated anak Bangsa Malaysia who are determined to see this nation began the long journey to break down the race-based communal barriers put in place by those with their own agenda, retaining always our diverse cultures and yet united in heart and mind, taking full charge and ownership of our nation, and collectively working to ensure an honest and equitable distribution of our nation’s wealth through the establishment of an affirmative action program that will bring justice and equality to every anak Bangsa Malaysia.

On 16th September, this year, the SABM initiative was formally launched whereat we made public the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Charter.

If you have not seen this document, the same, in PDF, is linked below.

ABM Charter {BI}

The SABM Charter goes beyond the four points of consensus formulated at the Penang forum in November, 2007.

For those of us involved in the SABM initiative, it represents the complete “One People, One Nation” message that we hope to be able to take to the rakyat.

We have decided to go back to Penang as our first step in what we know will be a long journey.


In an earlier post entitled “SABM Roadshow heads out to Penang”, I had announced that we would be in Penang on 15th November, 2009 to host a 1/2 day youth workshop, anchored by Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat           ( KOMAS ) in the morning and a forum in the afternoon.

Details of both the workshop and forum appear below.

See you in Penang on the 15th next month.


Youth Workshop : Ada Apa Dengan Bangsa?

Venue : Hu Yew Seah Hall, 43 Madras Lane, Penang

Date : 15th November, 2009

Time  : Registration is from 8.15 – 845am on 15/11/2009. The workshop is from 9.00am – 1.00pm after which lunch will be served.

Age Qualification : The workshop is intended for those between the ages 17 -25

Objective : To get particpants to explore our identity, who we really are, and what we believe in as Malaysians. Let’s talk to each other, have fun and understand the real issues in our multiracial society, and view Stereotyping, Racial Discrimination and Race Politics from a human rights perspective.

If you’re aged between 17 – 25 and would like to participate in the youth workshop, send your details ( name, i.c. number,  address, telephone contact number, and what you are presently doing ) to events@sayaanakbangsamalaysia.net


Forum : Bring Along A Friend

Venue : Hu Yew Seah Hall, 43 Madras Lane, Penang

Date : 15th November, 2009

Time  & Program :

1.30pm – 2.00pm : Registration

2.00pm – 3.00pm : Screening of “Sepeluh Tahun  Sebelum Merdeka” & discussion with producer Fahmi Reza

3.00pm – 6.00pm : Presentations :

1. Human beings, all born free and equal

2. The founding of the nation : The truth

3. Nation in distress?

4. Did we let it happen?

5. This is my home. I care. I want to make it better

6.00pm – 7.00pm : Q & A and discussion

7.00pm – 7.30pm : Break & refreshments

7.30pm – 8.40pm : Screening of “Gadoh”

8.45pm – 9.15pm : Evaluation & closing

Presentation panellists :

1. Goh Keat Peng ( Executive Officer  of Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sihkism & Taoism )

2. Dr. Azmi Sharom (  law lecturer, University of Malaya & newspaper columnist )

3. al- Mustaqeem ( Middle East Graduates Centre )

4. Fahmi Reza ( Producer of “Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka” )

5. Jayanath Appudurai ( SABM coregroup )

6. Haris Ibrahim ( SABM coregroup )

Why is the forum entitled “Bring Along A Friend”?

Quite simply, because that’s what you’ll have to do to attend the forum.

This is how it works.

Attendance is by invitation.

So you’ll have to e-mail us for an invitation, both for yourself and a friend of yours.

Now if you’re a Malay Malaysian, you’ll also have to register a non-Malay Malaysian friend, besides registering yourself for the forum. Conversely, if you’re non-Malay Malaysian, we will require you to also register a Malay Malaysian friend.

As with the youth workshop, if you’d like to attend the forum, send your and your friend’s details ( name, i.c. number,  address, telephone contact number, and what you and your friend are presently doing ) to events@sayaanakbangsamalaysia.net

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