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Liberalism Conference 2016: Can Liberalism Save Malaysia?

September 24, 2016 @ 09:00 - 17:00


Liberalism Conference 2016: Can Liberalism Save Malaysia?

Who is this for and how to register?

We welcome everyone to attend this conference. Fees start at RM 100.00 for adults and RM 50.00 for students to register please click here

Liberalism in Malaysia

Referred to as either Libertarianism in the United States or Classical Liberalism in the United Kingdom, the term Liberalism has become increasingly misunderstood in Malaysia.

Liberalism has in fact been part and parcel of Malaysia’s genesis. On 31 August 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman read out the Proclamation of Independence which included the words (that the Federation) “shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people…“. Our Rukun Negara which came about after the tragedy of 13 May 1969 held that Malaysia aspires to achieve unity amongst its people by “ensuring a liberal approach to her rich and diverse cultural traditions“. Vision 2020 also holds that one day Malaysians will live in a society “that is democratic, liberal and tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous.

Liberalism forms an important part of our nation’s birth, it was referred to during our greatest moment of crisis and it is one of our greatest aspirations for our future. So what does liberalism have to say about the challenges faced by our country today?  How can liberal ideas be used to formulate a solution?  Can liberalism save Malaysia?

This conference will explore the big issues, to spark a debate about the role of liberal ideas in our country today.

What is the Conference about?

The conference explores the relevance of liberalism today in Malaysia. We begin with a discussion on Malaysia’s future in an increasingly illiberal environment by Dr Razeen Sally, former Chair of IDEAS’ Political Economy and Governance Programme and world class international trade expert. This is followed by a panel discussion on how liberalism can help avoid billion ringgit scandals involving Government linked companies including the infamous 1MDB Sovereign Wealth Fund. The conference then delves deeper into the concept of multiculturalism and the importance of liberalism in Malaysia – which neither forces assimilation nor restricts personal freedoms in the guise of achieving national harmony.  Finally the conference looks into how Malaysia can move beyond race and religion in politics – and how liberalism may provide an answer to this dilemma.


September 24, 2016
09:00 - 17:00
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IDEAS, the Institute for Democracy & Economic Affairs
+603-6201 8896 / 8897


Hotel Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
Tower 3, 1, Jalan Taman Pantai, Taman Bukit Pantai
Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory 59100 Malaysia
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