Sunday, August 17, 2008

Moderating Tan Sri Sanusi Junid

This morning, I was given the honour to moderate a session with former Kedah Menteri Besar and Minister of Agriculture Tan Sri Dato' Seri Sanusi Junid. My high school alumni, Alumni of Ex-MRSM (ANSARA) organised a "Sembang Sembang Coffee Corner ANSARA" session at Riverside Cafe, PWTC.

Right: Tan Sri Sanusi, the man, at the beginning of the session

Since I was moderating, I also was given the task to come up with the relevant topic and points of discussion. Therefore, on Wednesday, I met Tan Sri along with the ANSARA Deputy President Mohd. Roslan Bani Amin at his private office in Mont Kiara and we had a discussion on the New Economic Policy (NEP).

Left: Tan Sri Sanusi in articulation mode

So this morning, I asked Tan Sri Sanusi to speak on "NEP: The Perspective of Nation Building and Nationhood". He was supposed to have delivered a full blown speech at a Young Malay Professional Congress, originally planned for yesterday. Unfortunately, for some unavoidable circumstances, it was moved to November. So the organising committee decided to hold the 'Coffee Talk' session instead, to honour Tan Sri Sanusi's willingness to share his thoughts. It has been a while since ANSARA held any of these.

It was a heavy topic to discuss and he spoke at length, explaining from the historical, socio-political, socio-economical and global perspective. After a 1 3/4 hour speech, then there was the interactive session for the next 1 1/2 hours, where he took questions and opinion and elaborated further on the points he presented and pondered earlier.

Right: As Tan Sri Sanusi explained during Q & A, Roslan Bani Amin was really concentrating

Being the moderator of this session, I must admit to keep up with the points he presented was not an easy task. Especially when the issues and discussions raised and angled were very thought provocative. I personally asked Tan Sri Sanusi to dissect the issue of many Young Malay Professionals today, no longer have regards for the NEP, even though they themselves benefitted immensely under the various programs (whether they realised it or not). They just blame on the failure on the some of the wealth distribution / creation program implementation but conveniently failed to consider the many poverty eradication programs which were very succesful, especially education, infrastructure and economic development programs.

At the end of the event, I was glad that ANSARA gave me the honour.

Left: Catching up with small talk over coffee before the intellectual discourse

Earlier, before the session, we had breakfast with the recently removed President of International Islamic University Malaysia of eight years. We managed to get some small talk and he was reminiscing of the past, especially his experience whilst serving as the Cabinet Minister in charge of MARA.

He should be encouraged to chronicle his past experiences in a memoir.


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