Public Forum: Saturday 3rd October 2015

Abdullah-NOOR tickets at door

Tickets £3 each available at the door or preferably online at Eventbrite.

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An Evening with Dr Afif Bahardin and Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim

Join us for our next event on Monday  7 September

Afif Bahardin London 07 Sep 2015

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Breaking all the rules of democracy

By Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysiakini 25 August 2015

“The tremendous support I get from Malaysians, enables me to continue our struggle,” said Ambiga Sreenevasan at a talk called ‘Why Bersih 4?’, in London, on Sunday Aug 23.

The lawyer may be slight in stature, but is brimming over with humility and gratitude. Despite the abuse hurled by Malay extremists, she said, “The good times are amazing. People come up to me on the streets, to shake my hand and say ‘thank you’, for what I am doing for Malaysia.

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An Afternoon with Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

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Lim Guan Eng in conversation

By Farouk A Peru Published  in The Malaysian Insider 17 July 2015

Farouk A. Peru is a human being in the world which is where his discourse begins and ends. He is also a novice academic and humble philosopher whose thought systems may be found at www.farouk.name

Two weeks in a row of top DAP men (the first being Zairil Khir Johari) would be too much for any writer, I think. Especially a writer on a 20-hour long fast each day.

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Fortunately, last Sunday’s weather was rather cool. The rain made it very much more acceptable. But let’s face it, I would have made it to this talk even if the weather was Saudi Arabian hot! It was not often London enjoyed the presence of DAP’s secretary-general as well as the Chief Minister of Penang, YB Lim Guan Eng.

I had been generously granted an interview with Lim after today’s main event e– his conversation with my friend and compadre, Mariam Mokhtar.e

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Guan Eng on the road ahead for Malaysia

By Mariam Mokhtar Published in Free Malaysia Today 18 July 2015

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Lim Guan Eng, the chief minister of Penang, was in London recently but took time-off from his busy schedule to meet some Malaysians and share his thoughts on a variety of issues. These ranged from the Malaysian mess to Malay votes, the economy to the end of Pakatan Rakyat, and the challenges of Sarawak, to his choice of a cell-mate. Here is a condensed account of that interview.

1.“Malaysia is in a mess.” What solution does DAP have to take Malaysia out of its predicament?

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The good, the bad and the ugly in politics

By Mariam Mokhtar Free Malaysia Today 10 July 2015

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When Zairil Khir Johari decided to get active in politics in 2010, he surprised many people by choosing to join DAP, given that his late father, Mohamad Khir Johari, was a prominent Umno veteran. He explained then that he was prompted by a deep disappointment with Umno’s 50-year rule. He said he felt that Umno had become a party that oppressed Malaysians.

Recently, the Bukit Bendera MP talked with FMT on several issues. Here is a condensed account of that interview.

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An Evening with Zairil

By Farouk A. Peru  The Malaysian Insider 08 July 2015

Farouk A. Peru is a human being in the world which is where his discourse begins and ends. He is also a novice academic and humble philosopher whose thought systems may be found at www.farouk.name

London has a thriving scene of Malaysian political activism. I began taking notice of it a few years ago when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to win over the London crowd.

Since then, much has changed. The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) which was just a newborn back has now met a timely demise.

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Lim Guan Eng in Conversation with Mariam Mokhtar

LimGuanEng Poster2Following a very interesting and fruitful talk by MP Zairil Khir Johari last Sunday, MBC is hosting another talk by DAP secretary-general and Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng next Sunday 12 July.
Malaysia is in a state of political meltdown with the Prime Minister Najib Razak being accused of massive corruption and refusing to stand down, and Opposition alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) in the process of breaking up. Where is Malaysia heading?
Please join us for a session of dialogue with Mr. Lim Guan Eng.

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Secularism and a more honest Islam

By Zairil Khir Johari  Published in Malaysia Insider 4 October 2014

Zairil Khir Johari is a chocolate purveyor-turned-politician. He finds both experiences bittersweet.

Secularism and liberalism are not unfamiliar terms in this country, although how Malaysians understand them is a different matter altogether.

In the halcyon post-Merdeka days, our founding fathers would proudly proclaim such ideals to be their philosophical bedrock, so much so that the word liberal actually appears in the preamble to the Rukunegara (national principles). To be secular and liberal was to be constitutional and inclusive.Things have changed much since then. Today, the very same terms are used deleteriously as a mark of shame, such that it has become the proverbial scarlet letter of the Malay-Muslim society. To be secular and liberal is to be ungodly and aberrant.

A dichotomy

To make matters worse, some are beginning to define these terms in contradistinction to Islamic ideals. Take, for example, remarks made at the 60th PAS Muktamar held in Batu Pahat, Johor last weekend. In his closing speech, the president of Malaysia’s second largest Malay-based party after Umno, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, took an unequivocal stand in differentiating his party’s Islamic struggle from his coalition allies’: “PAS members must understand that there is a difference. PKR is based on pragmatic secularism” while “DAP is based on socialistic secularism”.

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