PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has invited Malaysians to share their views and ideas with the Govern-ment through online forum 1Malaysia Roundtable.
AirAsia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and University of Creative Technology founder and president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing will be among the corporate captains and professionals who will lead the discussions.
Others include rock star Amy Search, Yayasan 1Malaysia board of trustees chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar and badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
“The 1Malaysia Roundtable would allow Malaysians, regardless of geographic location, profession or age, to provide fair and constructive comments, suggestions or ideas to better their lives and the people,” said Najib.
He posted this on June 11 in his blog www.1malaysia.com.my/blog/take-a-seat-at-the-1malaysia-roundtable/.
The Prime Minister said the discussions would be guided by professionals or Malaysian subject matter experts (SMEX) from various fields.
“I have informed my office to engage Malaysians who are recognised as icons or role models in their respective fields of diverse backgrounds, and some who are based abroad,” he said.
“Areas that would be discussed include the economy, national unity, health, youth participation and sports,” he added.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the public could engage with the Government to help formulate policies like the national Budget.
“For the 2010 and 2011 Budgets, I sought public input by inviting Malaysians to submit ideas and suggestions through my blog, for consideration by the Finance Ministry,” he said.
Najib said the concept of the roundtable had long been in existence and was used by communities to discuss issues in a respectful manner.
“At the roundtable, everyone’s right to speak is observed, and everyone’s input is valued.
“The 1Malaysia Roundtable transforms this concept to fit a growing online community, tailored to the needs of Malaysian citizens,” he added.
Source : The Star