Applications open for inaugural ASEAN CSR Fellowship

The ASEAN CSR Network is a private sector, not-for-profit organization, which was formed with support from the ASEAN Foundation in line with the achievement of an ASEAN Community in 2015.  We advance responsible business principles and behavior in the region by aligning practices in our current priority areas of business integrity, business and human rights, and food security and sustainable agriculture (i.e. environment).  We do so by bringing key stakeholders i.e. private sector, government and civil society together through thought leadership, capacity building and research in conferences, forums and workshops.  At times, we provide representation for the business community to the ASEAN body and other inter-governmental agencies, think tanks on relevant policy issues under our priority areas.  Since our establishment in 2011, much has been achieved through our efforts in developing and implementing the “ASEAN CSR Vision 2020”.  For the first time, the principle of sustainable development has been incorporated across the three pillars of the ASEAN new blueprint for 2025.

Applications open for inaugural ASEAN CSR Fellowship!

20-30 full/partial scholarships available, funded by the Government of Sweden

APPLY BY: 30 Sept 2016 (for commencement on 9 Jan 2017) Read more

Selangor’s efforts to stamp out begging hampered by generous Malaysians

Source: NST Online

KLANG: Generous Malaysians fish out from their pockets an average of RM5 per person when approached by beggars, and this has driven many, especially foreigners, to not stop soliciting for cash on the streets.

This has resulted in a higher number of foreign beggars compared to locals, said the Selangor Welfare Department.

From Jan to Aug this year, 130 foreigners, including 56 children, were picked up from the streets in the state.

The numbers are about four times higher than local beggars, which come to 29 adults and 12 children, in the same period.

Topping the list of foreign beggars are Myanmars, who are mostly United Nations High Commissioner for Refugess (UNHCR) card holders, at 87, followed by Cambodians at 31, and Thais at 30.

Department deputy director Wan Zarina Wan Salleh said Myanmars, for example, come out to beg because UNHCR card holders are not allowed to work in Malaysia. Read more

Sarawak to consider Selangor as model for non-Islamic affairs agency

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 26 — Sarawak will study how Selangor handles non-Muslim affairs for guidance on the east Malaysian state’s proposed Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Unit, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

Uggah also said the draft of the organisational structure for the agency was being finalised.

“The state government wants to see the unit on a firm footing before it starts operating before year end,” he said when asked to comment on the status of the unit that was announced three months ago.

Uggah explained that Selangor was chosen as a possible model as the state has a unit to deal with non-Islamic religious matters. Read more

Najib, Mahathir and the timing of Malaysia’s polls — Ooi Kee Beng

Source: The Straits Times


Mr Najib (centre) and his fellow BN members celebrating their election victory on May 6, 2013. The next general election is not due until August 2018, but rumours of early elections persist. ST FILE PHOTO

According to its Constitution, Malaysia has to hold its next general election by Aug 24, 2018. That is still almost two years away. And yet, rumours of early elections persist, both at the state and federal levels.

This needs some explaining, given how Prime Minister Najib Razak waited until almost the last minute to go to the polls back in 2013.

The exercise to delineate constituency boundaries now being concluded heightens speculation that early polls are coming. Having lost its two-third majority since 2008, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has not been able to increase the number of parliamentary constituencies; it is now able only to realign the existing ones – or rename them. And that, it is doing.

That in itself is a substantive exercise of power, especially with the independence of the Election Commission that is in charge of the delineation being in serious doubt.

The major argument for those predicting that elections will be held by mid-2017 is that the opposition is in a confused state, if not in disarray. And so, before they can get their act together, the chances of Datuk Seri Najib holding his ground and maintaining at least the same voter support that he had in 2013 are good. Read more

Let’s talk about the ‘P’ word… with our families

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Picture shows (from left) Siti Kasim, Aneez Yuliani Yuslizar, Papper Lim, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sharifah Aleysha, Eshaan Menon, Director of Art for Grabs Pang Khee Teik at Talking About the P[olitics]-word with family, The School, Jaya One, September 25, 2016. ― Pix by Saw Siow Feng

Picture shows (from left) Siti Kasim, Aneez Yuliani Yuslizar, Pepper Lim, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sharifah Aleysha, Eshaan Menon, Director of Art for Grabs Pang Khee Teik at Talking About the P[olitics]-word with family, The School, Jaya One, September 25, 2016. ― Pix by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, Sept 25 — Do Malaysian families generally avoid mentioning the P word? “P” for “politics”, of course.

Have we often been told to keep our discussions and debates apolitical? Do parents discourage their children from voicing out their views and opinions in public?

There are many reasons why there is a disconnect between the issue of politics and family, least of which seems to be the disconcerting notion that politics does not affect the daily life of the average Malaysian, according to panellists at a forum organised by Arts for Grabs today. Read more