10:15am – Doors are open!
Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, FORSEA Board of Directors
Welcome Remarks from Chief Minister of Selagor, Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Amirudin bin Shari
Maung Zarni: FORSEA Vision, Values & Programmes
Maung Zarni (aka Zarni) is a UK-based exiled Burmese scholar and activist, co-founder and general secretary of FORSEA.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, FORSEA Board Member
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, and FORSEA Founding Board Member, introduces a specially recorded talk on democracy, which he recorded with Naom Chomsky at the University of Arizona in January 2019.
Professor Noam Chomsky, Speaking for FORSEA Delegates
Mohamad Sabu, Defence Minister of Malaysia
Mohamad Sabu, now Malaysia’s Defence Minister, is a former street activist.
12:00pm Opening Keynote
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivered the keynote address, reflecting on his long and successful political career and the state of reforms in Malaysia, as a token of solidarity with the next generation Southeast Asians who strive to make their region corruption-free, fairer, more just and ecologically conscious.
See Dr Mahathir speaking at the event –
On the conclusion of his speech, Dr Mahathir Mohamad presided over the official opening of the art exhibition, Democracy in Action, consisting of paintings, performances, catoon, photos, and other medium showing the pool of talent possessed by Southeast Asian artists.
Find out more about Democracy in Action: https://forsea.co/democracy-in-action-an-exhibition/