Friday, March 05, 2010

Announcement: Penang Forum 2 "2 years after March 8

The Working Group for the Penang Forum is holding a public forum “Penang Forum 2″ from 9.00am to 5.00pm at the Caring Society Complex along Jalan Utama on Sunday, 7 March.

All Penangites are invited to participate, share their views and make suggestions to realise this vision for Penang. Those interested should contact 04-6585251 or aliran (at) streamyx (dot) com to register. (Registration fee is RM10, senior citizens and students, RM5.)

Penang Forum 2 Program: Has Anything Changed After 2 Years?

Sunday, 7 March 2010, Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang,
Organiser: Penang Forum Working Group

8.15-9.00am – Registration

9.00-9.10am – Welcome

9.10–10.40am – Overview of the Challenges

Chair: Ahmad Chik

Federal-State relations: Francis Loh
Budget and Economy: Lim Mah Hui
What has been Achieved: Lim Kah Cheng
Missed Opportunities: Anil Netto
Open Discussion (30 mins)

10.45-11.15am – Coffee Break

11.15-11.45am – The Penang Forum Experience: James Lochhead

Chair: Loh-Lim Lin Lee Open Discussion (15 mins)

11.45-12.30pm – Transport: A Case Study: Ahmad Chik

Chair: Laurence Loh Open Discussion (30 mins)

12.30-2.00pm – Lunch

2.00-3.00pm – Seberang Prai Issues

Chair: Kris Khaira

Housing and Flooding: Sarajun Hoda
Environment and Youth: (to be confirmed)
Development and Labour: T Jayabalan
Open Discussion (20 mins)

3.00- 4.00pm – Local Democracy & Local Plan: Peoples’ Involvement

Chair: Loh CK

Opportunities for Local Democracy: Lim Kah Cheng
Examples of Local Democracy in Selangor: Ong Jing Cheng
The Penang Local Plan: Goh Ban Lee
Open Discussion (20 mins)

4.00-5.00pm – Moving forward

Facilitators: Soon Chuan Yean and Prema Devaraj

Group Discussion (30 mins)
Open Discussion (30 mins)

5.00pm Tea and Close

The Penang Forum is an informal network of some 40 Penang-based NGOs and concerned individuals who came together in April 2008 to chart a possible way forward for Penang.

After the 2008 event, a Penang Forum Declaration was submitted to the state government calling for a new partnership with the Penang people based on the principles of popular participation, transparency, accountability, sustainability and social justice.

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