Developing Critical Thinking should be an important agenda toward TN50 — Ng Seng Yi

Source:The Star

By Ng Seng Yi

In today’s context of a plethora of information available on social media, a “critical thinking ” approach could help discern fake information – Ng Seng Yi.

IF I were asked what my aspiration for the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) initiative is, I would say a developed nation with people who can think critically.

At the Eighth Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987, Michael Scriven and Richard Paul defined critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively conceptualizing, applying, analysing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.

In other words, critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking when evaluating a plethora of information presented to readers. Read more

Suhakam TN50 discourse calls for transparency in govt spending

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Participants also talk about need to respect religious values and having a hub that is transparent and filled with genuine information. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Financial literacy, transparent government spending and universal religious values were among the ideas shared at a discourse held by Suhakam today to help draw up the roadmap to National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

TN50 is the new 30-year vision promoted by the government and Suhakam is organising several such discourses to gather views.

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said the recommendations raised at the discourse would be forwarded to the TN50 secretariat for further discussion.

Suhakam commissioner Lok Yim Pheng, who addressed today’s participants, said young people needed to be taught how to manage their loans well.

“The young are burdened with housing loans, education loans, insurance premiums and high cost of medical treatment.” Read more

Rekindling Tunku’s commitment to liberty and justice — Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY TUNKU ZAIN Al-‘ABIDIN

opinion-clipart-k12118272FEBRUARY 10 — Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj declared in the Proclamation of Independence of the Federation of Malaya, and then the Proclamation of Malaysia, that this nation of ours will “forever be a nation based on the principles of liberty and justice”.

Right from the beginning, liberty and justice were the twin principles that were to inspire our nation — sentiments repeated across his many speeches and writings, as well as those of other leaders of the era such as Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman or Datuk Mohamad Said.

The Rukunegara talks about “guaranteeing a liberal approach towards her rich and varied cultural traditions.”  Those who fail to realise these values are the founding philosophy of our country should read the documents instead of distorting and misinterpreting selected words of the Constitution.

Unfortunately, politicians everywhere have lost the ability to lead, and have instead succumbed to winning simply through populism, as the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump have shown.  My fear is that we will see a greater lurch towards populism as we get closer to the 14th General Election.

Exploiting ethnic and religious tensions is among the easiest ways to make political gains, notwithstanding helpful electoral boundaries and privileged access to media which will pliantly obscure the elephants in the room. Read more

Into the future – together — Zainah Anwar

Source: The Star Online

BY ZAINAH ANWAR

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

AS we stumble into 2017 in a Malaysia and a world full of uncertainties, and a US President shooting from his hip, causing global turmoil, I am glad that there are actually two important discussions taking place now in Malaysia on the kind of country we want to live in.

One is the TN50 series of national dialogues with young people on the Malaysia they envision by 2050. The other is the effort to make Rukunegara the preamble to the Constitution. And I believe they should feed into each other.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who is leading the TN50 dialogue, rightfully said this process is not just about defining policies for national development, but importantly, also about defining our national identity.

That many politicians are still determined to use ethnicity and religion to not only define us, but to divide us remains a dominant leitmotif of Malaysian politics to this day.

In his recent interview with The Star, Khairy stated that one of the areas of engagement in TN50 will be the subject of “an inclusive, vibrant and open society”.

This, he hopes, will lead to a discussion on values and what a Malaysian identity should be.

I hope these dialogue sessions will be a platform where diverse groups of stakeholders can get to listen to each other and think. And in this process the “I” can become a ‘We” – we, Malaysians. Read more

TN50 – journey to the top 20 begins today

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The first step to a new vision begins today – with a town hall meeting involving 500 young Malaysians who will outline their view of Malaysia’s roadmap for the next 33 years.

At the event in Universiti Malaya, the young Malaysians from a cross section of society will express what they want the country to look like in the year 2050, three decades after the end of the Vision 2020 policy.

Their voices and those of 1.5 million other youths will be sought by the Government to draft the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) policy document, in one of the country’s biggest policy formulation exercises to date.

The TN50 policy document will outline the economic, social, cul-tural and environmental targets Malaysia aims to achieve by 2050.

“TN50 will seek to transform the country’s economy, citizen well-being, environment, technology, social interaction, governance and public administration,” said the Youth and Sports Ministry, which has been tasked with managing the conversation with the country’s younger generation via face-to-face and online sessions.

Details on the TN50 rollout provided by the ministry outline a busy calendar of events this year under what it calls the “TN50 Conver­sations” – a process to discover the subjects and aspirations that matter to youth and other Malaysians. Read more