Malaysia: For Better or For Worse?

Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur
Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sentul, 51000, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Malaysia: For Better or For Worse? will be organized at Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur on 19th April 2016 (Tuesday).

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7th Assembly of Young Malaysian Leaders

1. Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Rahman
- Spokesperson, Challenger
- Asia's Best Debater

2. Mr Rahman Hussin
- National UMNO Youth EXCO
- Chairperson, Consumer Affairs, Environment and Quality of Life Bureau

3. Mr Calvin Woo Yoong Shen
- Recipient, Queen's Young Leaders Award

his “School Assembly” is essentially a forum featuring emerging leaders to share their nation-building journey with a group of young aspiring leaders. This is a space for young, hungry and MAD (making a difference) Malaysians.

Date : Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Venue : Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur (G2-G6, D7 @ Sentul East Design Centre, Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur 51000, Wilayah Persekutuan)
Time : 7.30 – 10.00 pm

Theme: “Malaysia: For Better or For Worse?”
- While the world economy struggles, Malaysia has been thriving. Global economic outlook is increasingly bleak with one of its main drivers, China experiencing its slowest economic growth in 25 years in 2015. On the other hand, under Prime Minister Najib Razak, Malaysia has had unprecedented economic growth. According to Najib's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)*, average GDP growth since 2010 is 5.3% compared to 1.29% from 2000 to 2009. Our nation has close to full employment with 1.8 million jobs created under ETP. Malaysia is also heading towards high income economy with GNI per capita reaching $10,426 USD in 2015 compared to $7,620 in 2009. While the market uncertainty and low oil prices are hurting our economy, the Najib administration has been proactive with the launching of the ASEAN Economic Community and the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

- Despite the apparent high economic growth, the rakyat has not been happy. According to a Merdeka Centre 2015 survey*, 55% of Malaysians believe Malaysia is headed in the wrong direction compared to 30% who believe otherwise. Even with Najib's strongest suit, most Malaysians are not satisfied with government's economic management with 63% dissatisfied. In fact, 58% believe government programs "generally benefit the rich and politically connected." Against the backdrop of rising cost of living, Malaysians are tired and fatigued with excessive politicking.

- Despite Najib Razak's seemingly proactive economic policy, the rakyat feels they have not been benefitting from it. The question we would like to explore are
1. Is Malaysia heading towards better or worse days ahead?
2. What can Najib Razak and government do more to improve rakyat's economic well-being?
3. What can we do as ordinary Malaysians in times of uncertainty and skepticism?

The Organiser: The Nation Building School
The Nation Building School is a nonprofit dedicated to unleashing leadership potential, one youth at a time. We want to democratise access to leadership opportunities to all youths. The School is an opportunity platform offering free opportunities to students and professionals (18 - 30 years old). The Nation Building School is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and led by 4 community organisers.

Twitter: @nbsmalaysia
Instagram: @nationbuildingschool

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