In conjunction with International Right to Know Day which falls on 28th September every year, Pertubuhan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Akhbar Cina Pulau Pinang (PEWAJU), Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Coalition for Good Governance Penang (CGGP),Suara Rakyat Malaysia, SUARAM Penang Branch, and Sembang-sembang Forum are organising a forum on "Freedom of Information: Penang's Experience".
Selangor is the first state in Malaysia to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in April this year. Penang is taking steps towards a similar Bill to be passed by its State Assembly soon. The Penang Select Committee on FOI has completed 2 public consultation meetings before tabling the Bill for second and third reading in the state assembly.
This forum will look at Penang's experience, through discussing the fundamentals of the people's right to information, and exploring what kind of FOI law would be good for Penangites.
Date: 29th October 2011 (Saturday)
Venue: Caring Society Complex, Penang
1. Y.B. Ng Wei Aik (State Assemblyman and political secretary to Penang Chief Minister)
2. Prof Abu Bakar Munir (Professor of law, former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University Malaya)
3. Ong Boon Keong (Activist and Coordinator of SOS Penang & MEO-Net)
4. Rowena Yam (Chief of Political Training Bureau, Gerakan)
Moderator: Himanshu Bhatt (Northern Region Bureau Chief? of The Sun Daily)
Jointly organised by:
Pertubuhan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Akhbar Cina Pulau Pinang (PEWAJU)Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
Coalition for Good Governance Penang (CGGP)
Suara Rakyat Malaysia, SUARAM (Penang Branch)