Thursday, August 23, 2007

Forum: Malaysia at 50: Sedition Act and the Nationhood

Hey peeps! As mentioned by Dr. Carmen, there's an upcoming forum on Negaraku-ku tomorrow! Here are the details which I quoted from

Lately, Sedition Act 1948 has been central in the controversies involving blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and student musician Wee Meng Chee, or "Namewee", who produced a rap video featuring the national anthem. The broad power vested under the Sedition law inevitably raises question about the protection for freedom of expression and whether such stringent limit could limit healthy dialogue among different communities. Do we need the Sedition Act, a product of the postwar Emergency Period, to protect our nationhood and social harmony? Has it made our nation stronger or weaker? We invite an eloquent human rights lawyer, Haris Ibrahim, an acclaimed movie director, Yasmin Ahmad and two articulate political think-tankers, Khalid Jaafar, Dr. Dzulkifli Ahmad to share their thoughts.

Time : 8:30pm

Venue : Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jalan Maharajalela (opposite monorail station- Maharajalela stop)

Organisers : Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
Institute of Policy Research/ Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD)
KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Civil Rights Committee (CRC)

So, uhh, Dr. Carmen will be going for this talk, along with Michelle, Jeannie, Jiau Chee and I. We're meeting at UTAR (PG Block) at about 530pm and depart from there when everyone arrives. [Oh yea, Michelle is gonna drive but seats are all taken, so you gotta look for your own means of transport if you guys want to go.] Basically, if you feel like joining us, then meet us up there and please don't be late.

Here's the map, if you need it.

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CIJ Training Centre


Carmen N said...

If more people want to go, I can also drive. In fact, I am seriously thinking of driving and just follow Michelle there... hehe. Don't want to leave my car in PG/PC block. So, if people want to go in my car, please do come along. It can fit another 4 people.

Don't be shy lah. I won't bite.

jeannie said...

haha!! great dr.carmen!! I think there are people who want to go but have trouble looking for transport.