Kairos Public Forum

New Political Activism and Realignment: Implications for Malaysia’s GE13


Saint Paul’s Church, Lorong Utara Kecil, 46200 Petaling Jaya


Monday, 17 September 2012


8.00pm to 10.30pm


Dr. Bridget Welsh, Mr. Lim Heng Seng, and Mr. Andrew Khoo


Brief introduction — Christian Political Concerns by Dr. Ng Kam Weng

Talk 1 — New Political Realignments & Realities by Dr. Bridget Welsh.

Talk 2 — Sabahan and Sarawakian Restive Natives and Political Activism to Regain Constitutional Rights by Mr. Lim Heng Seng

Talk 3 — Civil Society & Recent developments in Law and Courts: Ramifications for Democracy by Mr. Andrew Khoo.

Open discussion — Chaired by Mr. Philip Koh

Speakers’ Biodata

Dr Bridget Welsh is Associate Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University where she teaches courses on comparative politics, parties, political participation, gender and international relations. She has edited Reflections: The Mahathir Years (2004), Legacy of Engagement in Southeast Asia (2008), Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore (2009), Transformations: The Abdullah Badawi’s Years in Malaysia (2013).

Mr. Lim Heng Seng is a partner with a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. He served in the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service from 1976 until 2001. He has also served as chairman of both the Industrial Court of Malaysia (1994-2003) and the Social Security (Socso) Appellate Board (1997-2003). Heng Seng is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Industrial Law Reports published by the Malaysian Current Law Journal. He is the advisory editor on Malaysian Court Forms published by the Malayan Law Journal.

Mr. Andrew Khoo currently serves as Chairperson of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee. He has been Chancellor (legal advisor) to the Anglican Bishop of West Malaysia since September 2001.  He also serves on the Home Council of OMF Malaysia and on the board of directors of CMS Asia. He is a member of the Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0.

Mr. Philip Koh (Chairman) is a member of Kairos Board of Directors; Advocate & Solicitor

* Registration not required for attendance

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