Public Lecture on 'Why East and West Will Meet in George Town'

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'Why East and West Will Meet in George Town' by Tan Sri Andrew Sheng


The speaker, Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Chief Advisor to China Banking Regulatory Commission highlighted on why and how ideas and thinking at the crossroad of East and West can be a platform where universities and communities can be the drivers of major change. 

Public Lecture on 'The Constitution At A Crossroad'


'The Constitution At A Crossroad' by Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi


The original Constitution of 1957 and 1963 was one of moderation, compassion and compromise but it is being undermined by surreptitious amendments from politicalisation of institutions and disregard for the spirit of the law.

Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Senior Professor of Law and Legal Advisor at Universiti Teknologi MARA expressed concern on this issue and its "silent re-writing" of the Constitution that posses challenges to the Malaysian concept of "unity in diversity".




Public Lecture on 'TPPA: Future or Fraud'


'TPPA: Future or Fraud' by Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram


The TPPA is an agreement on trade and investment signed by 12 Asia-Pacific countries, including Malaysia.

Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram expressed concern that the benefits of the TPPA were grossly exaggerated, while the dire implications for Malaysia and other participating countries are downplayed.

Dr Jomo highlighted three major concerns namely trade issues, intellectual property rights, and the investor-state dispute settlement arrangement in TPPA.

He highly affirmed that the TPPA needed to be renegotiated as it currently enable regulatory capture by foreign corporations and discouraged important regulations to protect health, safety, the environment and the economy.