Invitation: Public Forum On “Beyond Local Government: Making Kuala Lumpur A State”


Dear Sir/Madam,

On 1 February 2015, Federal Territory Day, REFSA (Research for Social Advancement), a public policy think tank, cordially invites you to our forum entitled, “Beyond Local Government: Making Kuala Lumpur A State”.

This forum will feature a distinguished panel of speakers, namely, Liew Chin Tong, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Dr Wong Chin Huat and Ishak Surin in a conversation about the potential role of Kuala Lumpur as the 14th state of Malaysia.

Federal Territory Day is often no more than an official celebration and just another public holiday. This forum aims to offer alternative reflections on what it means for Kuala Lumpur as a “Federal Territory”, to acquire the status of a state. This is not unimaginable given that Kuala Lumpur’s annual budget and its population are bigger than most other states in Malaysia. Can we then re-imagine Kuala Lumpur as a state, with the concomitant structures to enable it to function as such? What are the pros and cons of such an arrangement?

Come and join the discussion as our four panelists explore and re-imagine the status of Kuala Lumpur as a potential “state” of Malaysia.

The forum is free and open to all. Details are as follow:

Date: 1 Feb 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 2.00-5.00pm
Venue: Mandarin Court Hotel, Jalan Maharajalela, KL

Language: English

Moderated by Steven Sim, Executive Director of REFSA

Opening Remarks by Tan Kok Wai, MP for Cheras

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