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This gonna be my first time which going to TEDxKL which i get to know from my friend Curry Khoo. Some of you may not know what is TEDxKL, let me explain to you guys. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. They call their event is called TEDxKL, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxKL event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, are self-organized.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations). Malaysia Entrepreneurs have been the official organizer for the TEDx conference in Malaysia. The 4th TEDxKL will continue to showcase top presenters of diverse fields sharing their passions and inspirations with a wide audience. TEDxKL will be held on the 14th of July 2012. The theme of the conference is “Interdependence”. We have invited 2 TED speakers to Malaysia for this event.
They are Derek Sivers, the founder of CDBaby. He created one of the world’s largest music market place and after he sold his company. He donated everything to charity. Derek has spoken in a few TED and his talks have reached over 5 million views. Also we have invited Myskhin who spoke in TED in Long Beach this Febuary. His talk has capture imagination for creating a low cost device which enables us to detect a blood desease without the need to giving blood.
This year TEDxKL gonna be held at Temple of Fine Arts which located at Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event started from 12.30pm to 7.30pm. Every person need to get the TEDxKL Ticket by Paying RM 100.00 for Online Registration and RM 130.00 for Walk-In Registration. This year TEDxKL Topic are more on Interdependence. There will be 12 Speakers who going to speak on the event day. Below are the ideas partner, innovation partner, official media partner and supporting partner.
Official Media Partner
See you guys there at TEDxKL on 14 July 2012. I’m sure it gonna be fun and awesome event! Hope i will meet few people over there. Will make new friend and get to know each other well. TEDxKL Rocks!!
Over 2000 Undergraduate gather in the rally at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. The demonstration is all about strike off Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) .
Election watchdog Bersih 2.0 announced on Wednesday it will hold a rally on April 28 to push for electoral reforms. It said in a statement that the rally, themed “Duduk Bantah,” would he held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur from 2pm and other places nationwide. On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms tabled its final report in Parliament with 22 recommendations covering voter registration, maintaining a clean electoral roll, dissolution of Parliament, campaigning and polling. The nine-member committee is headed by Science, Technology andInnovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili with MPs from both sides of the political divide and an Independent.
Political Will, National Commitment And Even Personal Obligation Rather Than A Single Law Such As The WPA Will Determine Whether Integrity In Leadership Centred On An Ethically Based Society Can Be Established.
Speech by the Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, at the 4th Annual Corporate Governance Summit, Kuala Lumpur, on 6 March 2012. (On The Topic: Whistleblowers Revisited – How Effective Has the Enforcement of the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010(WPA) Been in Malaysia?)
It gives me pleasure to speak to us today at this 4th Annual Corporate Governance Summit organised here in Kuala Lumpur. He have been asked to speak on the issue of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010 (or “WPA”) which was passed by the federal Parliament and has been in force in Malaysia since December 2010. Many of us here who are interested in corporate governance will have been captivated by the ongoing saga of alleged corruption and mismanagement in the RM250million National Feedlot Centre project. This is a corporate governance issue as well as a national governance issue. The question is will there be any action taken or will be it just be another case of of the RM2.52 billion losses incurred by MAS without anyone being punished and even those that caused losses such as Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli being let off the hook.
Danaharta had agreed to settle with Tan Sri Tajudin on February 14 without enforcing a High Court decision on December 2009 in Danaharta’s favour ordering Tan Sri Tajudin to pay RM589.14 million to Danaharta, over a loan taken to purchase MAS. Where is the moral hazard? He think he can summarise my view of the WPA by saying that is not so much a Whistleblowers Protection Act but rather a “Whispering to the Police Act”. When one blows a whistle, everyone can hear. This Act is different. It only protects those who report to the police or other government enforcement agencies under conditions of secrecy. Under the WPA, a whistleblower is supposed to make a report to an enforcement agency such as the police. If the police don’t take any action, that is tough. If the police decide that action should be taken, but the Attorney-General decides not to prosecute, that again is tough. All you have as a whistleblower is the right to be notified of the authorities’ decision, and the right not to have any detrimental action taken against us.
Under the New South Wales Public Interest Disclosure Act, if no action is taken by the enforcement agencies, a whistleblower will be protected if he brings the matter to the attention of a Member of Parliament or the media. In the UK, once he has reported the wrongdoing, or if he reasonably fears retribution from his employer, there is no restriction at all on whom a whistleblower can notify as long as the disclosure in good faith and judged by an employment tribunal to have been reasonable in the circumstances. However, in Malaysia, it is an offence punishable by a fine of up to RM50,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years if a whistleblower or the person receiving or investigating the report discloses any information about the person accused of wrongdoing, or any other information disclosed by the whistleblower, to a third party. Under the WPA, a whistleblower does not enjoy any protection if he decides to communicate his allegation of wrongdoing to a person other than a government enforcement agency. And under the Act, even if the report is made to a government enforcement agency, the protection can be revoked if the enforcement agency is of the opinion that the report “principally involves questioning the merits of government policy, including policy of a public body”, or if the whistleblower commits an offense under the Act, such as disclosing the contents of his report to a third party.
He think we can all see that the WPA would have had absolutely no effect in the present cows and condos scandal, as it would not have protected any whistleblower who believed that the Malaysian public deserved to know about how a RM250 million soft loan given for the rearing of cattle was used to buy luxury condominiums in Bangsar and in Singapore. Without any media and public pressure, it is clear that no action would ever be taken and the allegations of wrongdoing in the NFC issue would simply have hushed up by the authorities. But yet another issue that faces any whistleblower in this country is the fact that any information gained from government sources is routinely deemed to be an official secret, the disclosure of which is punishable under the Official Secrets Act 1972 by imprisonment of a minimum of one year and a maximum of seven years. This is not by any means a hypothetical risk. In 1979, my own father was convicted under the Official Secrets Act when he revealed the purchase price paid by the Government in a Swiss arms deal, though the minimum punishment of one year’s imprisonment was not yet then in place. Such information should be made public. Whilst any person who has been unjustly defamed or maligned by malicious and false police reports should have the right to sue, the authorities should make available to the truthful whistleblower or the “lying” whistleblower as well as to the public all information obtained from such investigations. Even I was sued by the late Tan Sri Eric Chia when I exposed the RM 5 billion Perwaja scandal but I did not obtain the requisite information from the authorities.
The test should always be whether there is real public loss of funds. If there is then the protective safeguards should be in force. If none, then the whistleblower is merely whistling in the wind. More importantly, the MACC or any body authorised to conduct such investigations must be independent, possess powers to prosecute and free from any political oversight and accountable only to Parliament. It is obvious to me, and I hope also to you, that the WPA will always be ineffective in fighting corruption and corporate wrongdoing involving the Government as long as the Official Secrets Act is not abolished and the culture of secrecy in Government is not replaced by a culture of transparency. Since 2008, both Selangor and Penang have enacted Freedom of Information Enactments that gives the rakyat the right to demand information from the Government instead of giving the Government the right to hide information from the rakyat. In Penang, we have replaced direct negotiations with open tenders for all major government contracts, and introduced public asset declarations for all elected State Executive Councillors. The Penang state government does not expect any praise for our political commitment and personal obligation to promote integrity in leadership and transparency. However neither did we expect to be pilloried for politicizing the public declaration of assets and even allowing Ministers to be endangered if they are compelled to follow suit.
Is our crime or public safety or the performance of Malaysian police so appalling that even Ministers are not safe if they publicly declare public assets? Or should I be walking around under police protection since I am endangered as I have declared my assets. This endangered argument is nothing more than a silly pretext by Ministers who want to hide their assets from public view. Those who hide their assets behind this “endangered” argument only arouse public suspicion that they have unexplained or unaccounted assets. But to return to the Act that is the subject of this Session, I am afraid to have to conclude that the WPA unfortunately appears to be the product of the old mindset in this country that values secrecy above everything else. I believe that it is now high time for a culture of openness and transparency to become the norm in Malaysia, both in the corporate world and in the world of Government. The lack of protective safeguards and proactive investigation in the WPA makes no difference for genuine whistleblowers. As long as there is no leadership by example and no moral outrage against those who refuse to comply with international norms of proper behavior and trustworthy conduct of public assets, laws such as the WPA will only be an empty symbol of our fight against corruption.
Despite laws such as the WPA, Malaysia has suffered a precipitous decline in the rankings of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index from 56 in 2010 to 60 last year. For this reason it is political will, national commitment and even personal obligation rather than a single law such as the WPA will determine whether integrity in leadership centred on an ethically based society can be established. Thank you.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Australian miner Lynas Corp has been told to relocate its waste disposal site away from its Gebeng rare earth refinery and local communities, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister said this did not mean that the rare earth project and its residue are harmful. Two days ago, Najib said the Lynas refinery was scientifically and factually safe. But he said the directive was made after taking into consideration the psychological and emotional effects on the community. “The location is still being determined but it is going to be far away. We have studied the Lynas project and we have come out with scientific evidence endorsed by local and international experts, that the Lynas plant and rare earth residue are safe.
“But we are also aware this issue have caused emotional and psychological concern among the people, and also that it has been politically exploited. Therefore, the government has decided to make this move,” Najib told reporters at Wakaf Mek Zainab in Kota Baru. The government has been under pressure from groups, most recently Himpunan Hijau 2.0, to shut down the rare earth project over safety fears. But Putrajaya has stood its ground on the project that was first earmarked for Terengganu. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told the Sin Chew Daily yesterday that Lynas will have to send the waste back to Australia even though the Western Australian government has said it will not take back the residue from the ore mined from Mount Weld in the state. Putrajaya has been adamant about the plant that will employ up to 400 workers. Lynas will also get a 12-year tax holiday for the facility.
KUALA LUMPUR: The RM1 toll at the Batu 9 Cheras – Kajang Highway heading to Kuala Lumpur and the 90sen toll at Batu 11 heading to Kajang will be abolished from midnight Thursday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced. He said that the abolishing of the toll would half the toll cost for the 120,000 commuters using the Grand Saga Cheras-Kajang Highway daily.