In two weeks time, on February 16, 2019, the official launch of FORSEA is to be marked by a TWO DAY CONFERENCE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As guest of honour, FORSEA looks forward to welcoming the reformist Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad as keynote speaker.


Guest of Honour at FORSEA’s Official Launch: Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, currently serving as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time. Image: Abdul Razak Latif /

Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously served as the Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003, making him the office’s longest-serving holder. Dr Mahathir returned to front line politics in 2017, aligning himself first with the popular campaign for free and fair elections. He resigned as a member of the conservative ruling party, and later led the opposition coalition to electoral victory on a reform and anti-corruption agenda in the 9th May 2018 General Elections.

In addition, Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s most renowned public intellectuals will be delivering a specially recorded speech for the event. Chomsky talks about the rise of Asia as a new civilization. Yet this rise, according to Chomsky, does not always bring democracy and justice.


Recording of the speech on democracy, human rights and international politics by Noam Chomsky, Institute  Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureat Professor, University of Arizona.

At the official launch of FORSEA, the key principles of the organisation will be made public for the first time, as well as announcements made about the future direction and its determined goals to promote greater democracy in Southeast Asia and beyond.

See the full programme of events taking place at the Official Launch –



We are Southeast Asian democrats and rights campaigners committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.

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