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Perdana Events: “Current Political Trends and Their Impact on the Social and Economic Direction of Malaysia”


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, delivering his keynote address during the recent Perdana Discourse Series 17.


Malaysians are always eager for political commentary, what more if it comes from a former politician. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Honorary President of the Perdana Leadership Foundation, spoke to more than three hundred students and lecturers at the 17th Perdana Discourse Series, organised by the Perdana Leadership Foundation and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) on politics in Malaysia and its relationship with society as well as the economy. The former Prime Minister spoke at length of the dangers of corruption and how pervasive corruption in the political system will erode nationalism.

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Press Statement: PDS#17 “Current Political Trends and Their Impact on the Social and Economic Direction of Malaysia”

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Dr. Mahathir on Malaysian Politics and Its Impact on Society and the Economy

In terms of politics, Malaysia is still largely structured along racial lines. The leading members of the ruling BN coalition are communal parties for Malays, Chinese, and Indians, respectively, and many citizens still vote and identify primarily on ethnic grounds. Is this trend changing, however? What other political trends can be observed in Malaysia and what will be the impact on the country?

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We now have democratic capital

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April 19, 2013 | By Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid (Columnist section, New Straits Times)


HIGH-POWERED: It includes the building of democratic infrastructure to facilitate democratic cultures

SIXTY years of history and 12 general elections recorded vast materials, data, events, emotions, passions, promises and manifestos — all of which constitute democratic capital.

Democratic capital is in the chain of the notions of capital such as knowledge capital, intellectual capital and social capital.

Democratic capital is the body of knowledge, the exercise of democratic practices and the building of democratic infrastructure to facilitate democratic cultures. A fundamental aspect of democratic capital is the successful and effective practice of the conduct of elections at all levels.

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Affirmative Action in Malaysia is still needed, but should not be permanent


In Malaysia, affirmative action is implemented via the New Economic Policy (NEP) and continued under the New Development Plan (NDP) and the Vision Plan. The NEP was introduced in 1971, precipitated by the 1969 racial riots in Kuala Lumpur. The NEP sought to ensure that the twin goals of poverty eradication and a more equitable wealth redistribution were achieved. As it was the Bumiputeras in Malaysia who were lagging in the areas of business and industry, the NEP was directed to the Bumiputeras. How much has the policy actually achieved and is this policy of affirmative action based on ethnic group still relevant to Malaysia, going forward?

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The Sun – Change will never make you less Malay: Mahathir

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Posted on 12 December 2012 – 08:09pm
Last updated on 13 December 2012 – 08:31am

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 12, 2012): The Malays in the country must adapt to change and emphasise on the value system of hard work, honesty and discipline as keys to success, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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NST – The power of saying yes or no

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December 11, 2012 | By Steven Wong  |

CONSEQUENCES: We should decide on our actions wisely, but don’t wallow in the mistakes

MAKING a success of one’s career or personal life is about making quality decisions. Some of us may have been born with a silver spoon in our mouths. Others may  have had only  a wooden one. All of us, however, have to navigate our way through life by making a series of, hopefully, good choices.

At its most basic, good decisions are saying yes to the right things and no to the wrong ones. Say yes to the wrong things and the results can often be unproductive, immensely regrettable and sometimes terrible to behold.

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Perdana Discourse Series #14: Welcome remark by Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Perdana Discourse Series #14 :

Enhancing accountability & integrity in the Malaysian Public Sector – Are we doing enough?

Welcome Remark  by Tan Sri Azman Hashim, 

Chairman, Board of Trustees


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Swift Action Needed Against Fraudulent Public Officials for Greater Accountability and Integrity in the Malaysian Public Service: Tan Sri Ambrin Buang

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May 10, 2012 | By Zarina Abu Bakar

Accountability and Integrity are two of the most important qualities in any organisation but especially in the public sector where the stakeholder are millions of taxpayers and at stake is the country’s future. With the rakyat’s voice growing more strident over what they perceive to be negligent and fraudulent acts by public officials that result in billions of public funds being squandered, demands for accountability and integrity have grown to a clamour that cannot be ignored.

Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, the Auditor-General of Malaysia, agrees that there is “increasing public awareness, if not concern, regarding weaknesses in public sector financial management and service delivery by the country’s public servants”. This is why the Auditor-General’s report is “eagerly awaited by the public at large who are increasingly vocal about the perceived inaction by the relevant government agencies to rectify the weaknesses exposed by the AG”.

Tan Sri Ambrin was speaking at the 14th Perdana Discourse Series jointly organised by the Perdana Leadership Foundation and UiTM. The theme of the Discourse was “Enhancing Accountability and Integrity in the Malaysian Public Sector – Are We Doing Enough?” and the event was attended by around 200 people, mostly students and academics.

In his 45-minute keynote address, Tan Sri Ambrin explained about the role and limitations of the Auditor-General’s Office (Jabatan Audit Negara or JAN). Auditing is conducted on a random sampling basis and it is impossible for JAN to cover every government agency and project. JAN has a staff size of 2,000 nationwide whereas the Malaysian public service is 1.4 million strong and managing billions of Ringgit.

At the federal level, JAN is the external auditor of 25 Ministries, 120 statutory bodies, and 110 departments and agencies, conducting attestation audits on financial statements, compliance audits on financial management and performance audits on government programmes, projects and activities. For financial statements, JAN covers the Federal Government accounts, 13 state accounts and the accounts of Federal and state statutory bodies like the EPF, Bank Negara Malaysia, Felda, Bank Simpanan Nasional, LTAT and Bank Kerjasama Rakyat.

It is thus important for external audits to be complemented by internal audits, and to be effective, Tan Sri Ambrin advised that the head of internal audit be of equal rank to divisional heads of ministries or agencies so that his views are given due respect. Of course, the value of internal audit will depend on the response by departmental and agency heads who, he stressed, need to take stern action against staff identified in internal audits.

The failure to take action is often the cause of widespread fraud or negligence. “In the past,” he said, “we observe that these heads are rather reluctant to penalise their staff out of sympathy or simply to protect the good image of their department or agency…how much action has been taken by those heads on the findings of their own internal audit? Not many that I know.”

Without swift action and leadership that sets a firm tone against fraud and corruption, the noble calls for accountability, integrity and transparency would remain mere lip service, Tan Sri Ambrin said.

To read the whole speech by Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, after the jump.

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Malaysian Insider – Ambrin: Government strives to foster good governance, accountability, transparency

May 09, 2012

PUTRAJAYA, May 9 — The government has undertaken several measures to promote good governance, accountability and transparency, said Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

He cited the National Key Result Area (NKRA) against corruption as an important element in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), under which several core initiatives have been undertaken with regard to regulations, enforcement and grand corruption.

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Perdana Discourse #14: Enhancing Accountability & Integrity in the Malaysian Public Sector – Are we doing enough?

Perdana Leadership Foundation is back with its Perdana Discourse Series.

The 14th Perdana Discourse Series themed, “Enhancing Accountability & Integrity in the Malaysian Public Sector – Are we doing enough?” will be on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Foundation’s building in Putrajaya.

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