Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pacific Rim Policy Exchange in Singapore

If you are interested, do contact Wan Saiful.


Dear all,

The Malaysia Think Tank can now support up to 10 people to attend the Pacific Rim Policy Exchange on 14-15 October 2009. The normal conference fee is USD450, but if you register through the MTT, we will cover your fees. Please note that this does not include accommodation. 

The conference will take place at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Square, Singapore. This is a unique, centralized, high quality forum for the open exchange of the best practices and strategies on property rights, tax policy and other pressing issues facing this region. Check out the conference website here:

Please let me know ( if you would like to attend the Pacific Rim Policy Exchange.

Additionally, in partnership with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) , the Malaysia Think Tank is organising a seminar entitled: "Fixing the Global Economy: Should ASEAN follow Obama's footsteps?". Speakers are Professor Julian Morris (International Policy Network) and Mr Grover Norquist (American for Tax Reform). The seminar will held on Friday 16 October 2009, 10am to 12 noon, at Seminar Room II, ISEAS. Please see the attached leaflet for further information. Everyone's invited!

Best wishes,



Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Malaysia Think Tank



2009 Pacific Rim Policy Exchange


Americans for Tax Reform Foundation,

Acton Institute, International Policy Network,

Property Rights Alliance,

and the World Taxpayers Associations


Present the 3rd Annual


Pacific Rim Policy Exchange




October 14-15, 2009


Please join us for two days of workshops and brainstorming with free market advocates from the Pacific Rim. The goal of this networking conference is to provide a unique, centralized, high quality forum for the open exchange of the best practices and strategies on property rights, tax policy and other pressing issues facing this region.


For more information and to view the agenda


Registration deadlines:

Hotel room block cut-off: September 14

Registration: September 21



Click Here to Register Online

Click Here to Reserve Hotel Room


*In cooperation with the Pacific Rim Policy Exchange, the World Taxpayers Associations will be holding the Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union (APTU) in Singapore on Friday October 16th. Pacific Rim Policy Exchange attendees are encouraged to stay for the event.*

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Video Lectures from Top Institutions

Academic Earth's website has been revamped, and right now, it shows clearly the large number of video lectures that you can watch for FREE from world's top institutions.

Currently, the lectures available are from Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and Yale.

Check out at here .

An interesting lecture by Google VP of Search Product and User Experience on “Google: Ideas Come From Everywhere”. The lecture was made at Stanford in 2006.

At another site, there are 100 selected free lectures from top institutions are linked from here .
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Prime Minister's Job ranked as most stressful

Which job is rated most stressful by Malaysians?

Click here for details .

120,000 job seekers from have said it.

1. Prime Minister
2. Doctors
3. Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
4. Chief Justice
5. Stockbrokers
6. Teachers
7. Attorney General
8. Inspector General of Police
9. Pilots
10. Journalists

What do you think?

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Nuclear Energy Conference on 10th October 2009 at Hotel Armada PJ

Thanks Adriene Leong for this info.

For those of you who are interested in Nuclear Energy Conference, it would be held on 10th October 2009, 9am to 5pm at Hotel Armada, Petaling Jaya.

The theme of the conference is "Does Malaysia Need Nuclear Energy"

Among the speakers include:-
Dato' Dr. Donald Mccoy - President, Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility
Dr. Mark Diesendorf - Deputy Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales
Dr. Mohd Zamzam Jaafar - Head, Nuclear Unit, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Dr. Gloria Kuang-Jung Hsu - Chairperson, Taiwan Environmental Protection Union
Ir. Gurmit Singh - Chairman, Center for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (CETDEM)
Dato' Saw Boon Choo - Chairman, Shell Malaysia
Dr. Philip Tan - Fellow & Council Member, Institutions of Engineers, Malaysia
Dato' Seri Che Khalib Mohd Noh - CEO of Tenaga Nasional Berhad

For more info, contact CETDEM at or +603-78757767.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chevening lecture on Migrant Workers and Human Trafficking In An Era Of Globalisation

On October 1, the Chevening Alumni of Malaysia will host its second Public Lecture to commemorate its 25th anniversary celebrations.


Our guest speaker is Dr Irene Fernandez and her topic will be "Migrant Workers and Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalisation."


Details of the forum are as follows:

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

Time: 8.00pm to 10.00pm (Dinner will be served from 7pm)

Venue: Auditorium Bangunan Getah Asli (2nd Floor Menara) at 148 Jalan Ampang (across the road from KLCC), Kuala Lumpur


Email to register or for additional info.  Details are provided in the attached flyer.


As always, admission is free! Please register right away to reserve your place.


Feel free to circulate this notice among your colleagues and friends.  We welcome anyone who are interested to know more about this topic and hear it straight from an expert.  


I look forward to welcoming you at the event.

With best wishes.



Nithi Nesadurai

President, Chevening Alumni of Malaysia

Mobile: 017-307-9313


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Talk on “The Capital Market Today” and “The Himalayan Consensus: A New Paradigm of Economic Development”

Thanks Adriene Leong for the talk's information.


Selangor State Government & Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers invite you to:

Talk on "The Capital Market Today" and "The Himalayan Consensus: A New Paradigm of Economic Development"by Laurence Brahm

Date: Tues, Sept 29, 2009

Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Bilik Gerakan, Dewan Annex, Level 2, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, 40000 Shah Alam

Google Map:

A nominal fee of RM30 (for FMM members) & RM50 (for non- members) per pax will  be charged to defray administration and refreshments costs. FREE for students, civil servants and wakil rakyat.

How to register

Please complete and return the Registration Form to FMM Selangor latest by Friday, September 25, 2009.

For further information, please contact:
Ms Marian Ambrose / Ms Shirin Kanan
Tel: 03-5569 2950/ 4471/ 4171;
Fax: 03-5569 4346/ 2576
Email: /

Responses from Harvard Dean of Admission,

Aspiring to further studies in US? Want to get admitted into top US Universities?

If you are aiming high, do start preparation early and do utilize the resources shared by many people and available for everyone to use at here . As it is, there are more than 127 resources available there already.

For those of you, who would like to read first hand what Harvard Dean of Admission, William R. Fitzsimmons wrote, you could assess it at:-

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Happy to see that you are making the journey towards reaching your dream universities. Don't forget that the best universities are those that most "fit" you.

Lastly a commentary on those questions that were popped to Harvard's Dean. Read here .
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Friday, September 25, 2009 raised stake in 104 Corporations

My employer, raised its stake in 104 Corporations in Taiwan to 14.58%, and this portfolio is worth RM39.035 Million. The latest acquisition is for 1.806 Million shares, representing 5.35% of 104 Corporations in Taiwan.

For more info, go to here .

For more info of investors' relations, do go to here .
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Interviews with 5 Future Leaders of UMNO

If you care about Malaysia, especially with the development of UMNO, do definitely go and grab a copy of "Off The Edge" September copy. There is a very lengthy, honest and frank interview with 5 of the future leaders of UMNO. It is an interview of 15 pages (no advertisement in between), that goes from Page 40 to 54.

They are young, they are ambitious and they have the hearts to serve the nation. And I would say that what they share here for all Malaysians to read and see, is consistent with the view points that they always have. They are consistent in what is in their mind, what transformation they want to do, what opinion they have in each of those controversial issues. They don't play to gallery, where people say one thing to an audience. They get it right out in the public for everyone to assess, especially for Firdaus.

All of them are below the age of 30, and if you read the maturity of their thinking, it is awesome, especially when they go record to state their view points on many of the issues.

The 5 of them are:-
1. Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Mohd Fuaad, 26
2. Shahril Sufian bin Hamdan, 24
3. Ari Zulkarnain Zainal, 24
4. Khatijah Rahmat, 25
5. Mohammad Najmie bin Noordin, 26

Most of them have already been dedicating part or full time of their life to UMNO and civil service.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Canticle Singers - Two From Galilee

Thanks to HK for sharing with me on The Canticle Singers. I was watching their performance in May 2009, and would say that it is absolutely awesome!

Do check out their latest production.

Go to here to find out more.


The Canticle Singers (TCS) proudly presents the dramatic musical TWO FROM GALILEE by Robert Sterling and Karla Worley. The family styled musical is based on a novel of the same title by Marjorie Holmes that was on theNew York Times 1972 best seller list and one of the top 10 best selling novels that year. The musical played at the Peter J Sharpe Theatre at Symphony Space on Broadway in 2006 and has been staged in many countries.

TWO FROM GALILEE revolves around a young couple who are very much in love. Ensnared in family conflicts, a hostile world and by an awesome responsibility, they fight for their one true love and to fulfill their dreams. But trust is shaken and love questioned, revealing a family's shame and a husband's doubt until the couple realizes that it is not all about finding true love but about life's purpose and calling. The musical encompasses dramatic and comic elements and is backed by a lush musical score journeying through a variety of moods and emotions with rhythmic numbers, rousing choruses, contemplative themes and soaring refrains.  The musical features a cast of 25 performers.  Net proceeds of the production after deducting production costs and overheads will go towards St Barnabas Home for Children and  The Tondo Community Project.

TCS, an accomplished community chorus and performing arts group, comprises people from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 1992, it has 15 successful productions to date including Be Our Guest in May 2009 andA Grand Night for Singing in July 2008 which drew passionate audience responses and critical acclaim. TCS was nominated for Best Group Performance–Voice at the 2004 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for the musical Do You Hear the People Sing? TCS productions have benefitted numerous charitable causes and organizations, touching lives in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

19th International Youth Leadership Conference

Thanks Lily Walter, Project Coordinator of 19th IYLC for the following info.

Do check out this conference in Prague for January 2010. I was in the conference back in January 2005.


19th International Youth Leadership Conference

January 4th – 9th, 2010

Prague, Czech Republic


Join prominent university students from 40 different countries for an experience of a lifetime!


The 19th IYLC, taking place January 4th-9th, 2010 will practice the student's leadership skills and introduce them to international organizations that promote peace using the following inter-related events:

  • A United Nations Security Council emergency meeting simulation
  • A mock International Criminal Court pre-trial
  • A model European Parliament proceeding
  • Visits to Foreign Embassies, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic other governmental and non-governmental orgnisations
  • Group Debates and Panel Discussion on international security, envrionmental sustainability, rule of law, responsible leadership and mass media
  • Meetings and Banquet Dinners with leading experts, diplomats, politicians and businessmen


For more information and application, please visit


Apply early to take advantage of the Early Bird discounts:

20% before September 15th, 15% before September 30th, 10% before October 15th, and 5% before October 31st .

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to all my friends and my blog readers. Have a good festive season and a good holiday!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Eco Film Fest 2009

Thanks to Adrian from MyCJN for sharing on this.

Eco Film Fest 2009 is back again in its second year, premiering new and award-winning films about environmental issues for Malaysians.

To be held every Sunday (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) in the month of October, Eco Film Fest 2009 will feature ONE film premier a week interspersed with short films and green activities. The Fest will be held at Palate Palette, an arts-pace cum restaurant every Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

"We are very proud to be continuing with this Fest for its second year and we hope that Malaysians from all walks of life would take some time off to head over to Palate Palette to watch these films for free" said Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights – a non-profit environmental organization based here in Kuala Lumpur.

Four award-winning full-length films and two short films will be shown for the first time in Malaysia at Palate Palette and they are "Blue Gold", "Everything's Cool", "The Woven Ways", "The WaterFront", "The Secret Life of Cell Phones" and "The Secret Life of Paper".

Apart from the film screenings, there will be also be a premier of some of the coolest green products that are Malaysian-made and very affordable. Among some of the products are mobile solar chargers, handicraft by local indigenous people and also trendy and cool handbags and clutches made from recycled aluminum pull tabs.

"We want to promote small green businesses with their green products and hope that we can open up the minds and eyes of Malaysians to choose greener products and habits. In addition, the films that will be premiering are award-winning films and also portray real-time environmental issues and scenarios that could potentially affect Malaysians in the near future", added Yasmin.

For details on the film screening times, a map to the venue and the kind of movies that will be screened for the first time, please log on to

This Festival is free for all and movie goers who come to the first screening (4th October) will be offered a choice to indulge in an organic and meatless BBQ at Palate Palette. For more information about the organic and meatless BBQ, please contact Palate Palette at

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Social Media Club Kuala Lumpur Launched 17th September 2009

Am at P1 building now, where it is the launch of Social Media Club Kuala Lumpur. Live blogging. Social Media Club globally was started in San Francisco back in 2006, and now there are about 152 cities having Social Media Club, with 97 of those are active.

In Asia, Mumbai is the first city to launch it, whereas South Korea is the 2nd city/country in Asia to launch it, followed by Kuala Lumpur. After this Bangalore, Chennai, Hong Kong and Singapore would be launching it.

A sharing by Chris Brogan ( Social media is an important tool, and it is important to understand what this means. This tool can help us to understand things and brings changes and earns some trust. It is very exciting to have this opportunity to speak to those of you in Kuala Lumpur.

Social Networking is not about the tools. The tools allow us to connect to people, and allow real meaning to be made. Be passionate about what we are passionate about, and get to spread the message out fast. And it is about what we do with it, and sharing with people.

Julian Smith shared that it would be something interesting to be at where we are, and looking back some years in the future, that we are part of this in the beginning.

Chris shared that no one said that we can't do something. Julian was one of the first podcasters who made money. We have the ability to make things happen. Chris is very supportive of what you are doing. One thing that is also changing is that all the people are participants, including Chris.

Get way to contact people. There are always people who know how to solve problems. People don't need Chris to make this successful. Don't be afraid of it, and be helpful to others. It is karma. The more you do to help others, the more it would come back to you. Web helps to bring the mass together, and we can all get together to do things. We can get things done quickly across the world.

Now, Pete Teo is sharing that social networking is no magic tool.

Out of the room of more than 100 people, only 2 people haven't seen 15Malaysia films. Each film is 3 to 7 minutes, and all films are about Malaysia.

The film is all about the reality of real life in Malaysia. It stays away from type of film that shows like "Malaysia Truly Asia".

Pete talked about how Malaysia is the only country with Ministry of Art, Culture and Tourism. Why is it that Art is connected with Tourism.

For these films, it show a lot of the things that happen in Malaysia. It makes fun of things that happens in Malaysia. Racism, corruption etc.

The films are not propaganda and not corporate films. But it is a place for talented artists (musicians, artists) to showcase their talents.

The key reason of doing is that we do have problems with local talents. We almost always gravitate towards things that are not homegrown.

15Malaysia started from March, and it was launched on 17th August 2009, and it is 30 days now. As of a couple of days ago, has 350,000 downloads of the films. Youtube views as of now are about 3 Million. 15Malaysia channel is the 10th most active channel on Youtube. And for Facebook, there are 85,000 fans.

We can all sit here whole day to talk about tools, but those are just tools. The magic of creating things do not lie along the tools. The tools allow us to communicate. The tools give us ways to spread it. We are talking about media that relies on its users to spread.

All those social media allow us to spread around. Having said that, those are just tools.

At every age, there is always a spirit of the time. And for 15Malaysia, it caught that. What is important to our society today resides in the frustration that what is going on in our country. One of the issues is racism, corruption etc. All these issues that we talk in coffee houses and mamak stalls.

Since 1969, we haven't had a platform like today. Today, 15Malaysia was conceived to be like a platform for people. The films are not there to tell you what is wrong. It is for you to reflect. Those are some of the creative decisions that 15Malaysia made.

For 15Malaysia, only used Facebook, a website and a little of Twitter. 15Malaysia didn't make it to TV, as if it is, about half of those would be censored. There is no censorship law in the net. And make the internet the primary channel of distribution.

And at the peak, it transmits 1 Terabyte of data, and it has broken 4 servers. There were a lot of fire-fighting to keep it online. And when tweeted out that it needs help, people stand forward to help. The main thing is that the project engages the public. 15Malaysia provides an outlet for people to have intelligent content about what is dear to us, and in a society like this, where dialogue like this do not happen.

There are films where policemen ask for bribes, and there are party hopping.

What about 15Malaysia is that it is not saying something new. It is things that people already know, but it is regarded as something sensitive. Pete wants to know why corruption is sensitive in the country. And people do know all of these anyway.

And there are people who write in (in tears) that say "Thank You" for doing this. What Chris said is very true. It is not something that can be formulized. It is something that whether we believe it or not.

Core team of 15Malaysia is 3 people. 15Malaysia is launched from spare bedroom of Pete Teo. It is something that the team worked very hard. Pete hasn't slept for more than 2 hours for the past 3 months. It is the same thing for the rest of the team.

We need to do things passionately and committedly. In whatever we do, we need to have a value and serve the community. Facebook has a value of keeping communication and allow people to keep in touch. Myspace, to musicians, is a place for people to showcase their talents.

For 15Malaysia, it is an outlet to look at our country, and laugh at it, and says we love it.

Pete previous project was the Anti-Racism video, and it was the 3rd most viral video in the world, and more than 10 Million views of the video.

Pete is very careful when create a project. Things ought to have a reason to start it, and we have to ask a question on why. If there is no real reason, then we might not be doing it.

There have been many government responses, including wanting to turn up at the launch and deliver speeches. And Pete's response was that he has to invite opposition as well, and he didn't hear from them again.

On whether one needs to be an expert in social media, Pete's response is that we don't need to be. It is typically using the basic social media, and what is more important is the project.

Total hits of 15Malaysia is 5 Million, and it is a choice decision not to put adsense into the website, as it is wrong to earn from the people.

There are a lot of people who try to hack the site, but as of now, Pete does not know of any attempt by government to shut down the site.

One of the reality of Malaysia is that there is the space. There is space for us to express what we want to say. What happens is that what happened before, resulted in us to do self-censorship.

Yesterday, DAP screened some of 15Malaysia films, and today Pete called MCA to ask them to show the films.

A lot of things are bigger than political party, like racism. Nik Aziz, Khairy Jamaludin, Liow Tiong Lai, Zaid Ibrahim, Tian Chua were featured in the films. When it was shot, it was 2 Barisan Nasional and 2 Pakatan Rakyat. At that time, Zaid Ibrahim was independent, but ended up he joined PKR, and it screwed up the balance.

KJ was very serious in the rehearsal. He rehearsed many times. Zaid Ibrahim was very sick at that time, but he insisted that it went on.

For KJ, it was improvised by himself, except that he was given a few points. Liow Tiong Lai was given a script, but he ended up using his own words. Tian Chua's one was without words, whereas Nik Aziz gave a sermon.

15Malaysia would be given the premiere in Busan, and next year, would start at Rotterdam, Taiwan, Stockholm, Toronto, Japan.

These whole film would be edited to make it into a 80-minutes antology.

The moment that sold the scene in KJ's film was when KJ gave the keris to namawee, when namawee said that he liked the keris, and KJ gave him the keris and also a few more. And for that, Pete gave the credits to KJ.

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Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series by Dr Cheong Choong Kong


Greetings from Sunway University College!

 Yet another enlightening public lecture under our Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series is taking place on Friday, 2nd October 2009.

 This time around, we bring to you Dr Cheong Choong Kong Chairman of OCBC Singapore, who will share his experiences on "Singapore Airlines - The Early Days".

 More details of the event are in the poster below.

 Interested participants will have to reserve their seats by calling 03-74918622 Ext 8141 / 8130 or email  /


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Jacqueline Lim / Simpson Khoo

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Sunway University College



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

17th CEO Series of Talk - Chew Seng Kok

Live Blogging at 17th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talk, Mr. Chew Seng Kok (Managing Partner of Zaid Ibrahim & Co (Zico)).

Youth are the future of the world. Mr. Chew Seng Kok has been sharing at various platform.

During the previous crisis in 1984-1987, and back then, as lawyer, send notices of demand to companies to ask for payment of debts.

Left at age of 27 from Penang to go to New Zealand to be the first Asian to work in the law firm there. Before that, worked 2 years in Malaysia. And then in New Zealand, worked for the law firm, and wrote the State Owned Privatization Act for New Zealand.

In 1989 got Baker & Mckenzie in Sydney and then Hong Kong and then Singapore. At that time, he was 29. Spent 2.5 years there, and worked quite a number of Malaysian work. Previously helped Halim Saad to do a lot of restructuring, to build the Renong empire.

At that time, have to hide, as offshore lawyers are not allowed to practice here.

During the course of work, met Zaid Ibrahim. At that time, Zaid Ibrahim, he invited Chew Seng Kok to come in

Conditions :-
1. Want to create Malaysia power house. At that time, there were only 3 top Malaysian firms

2. Want to create a place for bumiputera to strive, but have to be on merit.

3. Cannot be Jaguh Kampung. Once it succeeds, it has to go out.

Over that lunch at Kampachi, the partnership is on.

At that time, Zaid Ibrahim gave him some money to start the law firm.

Need to have a partner/co-sponsor to support.

In 2001, had 100 lawyers, and then overtook to be the largest law firm in Malaysia. In 2003, opened ZICO in Singapore. In 2003, there was SARS and Iraq war. In 2005, opened in Jakarta. At that time, it was dispute between Indonesia and Malaysia. In 2007, opened in Bangkok and it was the coup. In 2008, opened in Vietnam.

ZICO is about to open in Sydney and Melbourne, after getting the approval.

20 years ago, you needed a signature by British and American lawyers, even though it was created in Malaysia.

One must not take credit for things that one does not do. Chew Seng Kok credited the benefits of ASEAN etc, which helped them to make the move. The commitment of the ZICO partners and lawyers make it happen, besides the opportune time.

Why Malaysian companies lose out in Middle East, we tend to just bring experience from Malaysia to go there, but what we should be doing would be to get local partners. We shouldn't just be depending on our local success to know that we can make it abroad.

Malaysians tend to think that relationship alone is enough, but in abroad, we need to deliver. When ZICO goes out, it does not ask for favour.

In 1998, Zico signed up as 1st Asian partner of Anderson Legal. And Chew Seng Kok learned a lot in Anderson Legal. In 1998, hired a branding consultant. ZICO now branded itself as "trusted business advisor". Chew Seng Kok worked with Azman Mokhtar in his early days in Bina Fikir.

Chew Seng Kok drafted the Danaharta Act within 46 days. Mr. Chew highlighted that we shouldn't go around and claim that we are smarter than others, and we shouldn't claim we know this or that person.

Chew Seng Kok also managed to get the Brands grant, after finding that it is similar to companies who manage to get those Brands grant.

Don't feel scared when go around. Malaysia Boleh! Zico managed to advise for many projects around the world.

There are many Malaysians who are around in the world. So, take the opportunity to hire Malaysians there, instead of them working with other companies there. It is much better than sending a local from here.

If you go around the world, you would be able to see Malaysians around, and it is part of the brand mobility. It is how we capture the talents around.

Pre Global Financial Crisis, if anyone has brain, one can work anywhere in the world.

Because of internet, it is a globalized world. People can do work anywhere in the world.

In 1992, when ZICO produced the 1st newsletter in the industry, it was fined quite a few times by Bar Council. Now, ZICO produced the newsletter every fortnight to send to clients. ZICO invested a lot on the people, IT and delivering the service to the people.

ZICO's partner's room are very basic. Mainly just IKEA furniture. It had rather spend money on the lawyers and delivering the service, rather than on these "dead stuff". 3 years ago, ZICO provided Blackberry for its lawyers who have served for more than 3 years.

ZICO commissions Synovate to do a client survey every 3 years, and the reports go directly to Chew Seng Kok. And if the clients give a poor response, the partners would be called up, and ZICO would go over and apologize to the client.

ZICO focused on delivering the service. Has served General Electric Malaysia for the past 20+ years.

In ZICO, there is a bistro, where there are hot food every night, with rice, chicken or fish, vegetable and then soup. And for breakfast, there is nasi lemak.

There would be a major announcement by Bursa tomorrow at 10:30am with Chicago. Chew Seng Kok was there this morning at 7am to sign, so that it could be in US at 6pm US time.

Today, what we did to American firms, the Indian firms are doing it to us. Now, we have to be smarter. Today, Zico has 7 offices throughout the country. Zico only allow maximum 10% of revenue from litigation and conveyancing. The margin of those kind of work is low.

What Zico focused is on blue ocean. No point competing in red ocean, as others can do it at half the price.

What is termed as good, is that it is good enough to be commercial. There is a growing needs for people to be specializing. For ZICO, there are 22 specialization areas, where every lawyer after 2 years in the firm, would be asked to specialize.

Due to the cost, we need to be agile in the market. ZICO has not expanded the office space in the last 5 years. Basically, get people to work outside of office. Office space are all dead spaces.

ZICO has given the petrol allowance and handphone allowance to the staff since a few years.

Dato' Nik was headhunted to serve the Ministry of Finance in Middle East, and he is a Malaysian who has proved his worth internationally. Despite him of being Chairman of ZICO, he is still working very hard everyday.

If Chew Seng Kok at age of 49 and Dato' Nik can go around the world and working hard, there is nothing that stops us. Separate our nationality when we go out. Internationally, if we are good, no one really cares who you are.

Chew Seng Kok wished that he had gone out earlier. Chew Seng Kok was with ZICO for 12 years, before exploring abroad. They were too comfortable and became a Jaguh Kampung. He would have gone out earlier if he could.

When abroad, the tax rate over there is much lower. Dubai is 0% tax rate and Singapore is 15-18% tax rate, so it makes more sense to be there.

Some of the top lawyers that Chew Seng Kok groomed ended up being poached by top companies, like Khazanah and CIMB etc. Having said that, 4 of his top talents who went out ended up coming back.

In terms of lawyers, ZICO has about 50% of lawyers who graduated locally. ZICO also provided 3 english courses a year for its staff.

For those who come in to ZICO, they are 2nd upper and above.

ZICO took in 20 students every year, where they became apprentice, and half of those are local graduates. These apprentices are brought to court and followed some lawyers who would mentor them.

The fact that ZICO is doing new things and open new grounds, that's the reason why Chew Seng Kok wakes up in the morning and feels excited to work. Last week, his schedule was 2 days in Vietnam, 2 days in Jakarta and 1 day in Labuan. And next week, he would be in Abu Dhabi and Hanoi.

Every time, there is a new thing everyday. When Zaid Ibrahim got appointed, he quit and left ZICO.

Chew Seng Kok always choose to speak to youth. He felt worried that youth these days do not dare to take risk. Chew Seng Kok turned down a partnership at age of 27, when he left to go abroad.

These days, when Chew Seng Kok asked lawyers to go Jakarta, they don't really want to go. Back then, Chew Seng Kok would always just leave the comfort zone and go all out.

We needed to try and go and explore blue ocean. We only have youth once.

When Chew Seng Kok was 27 and being only son, he left to go to New Zealand, then Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore.

Those exposure that Chew Seng Kok went through would definitely give him a lot of betterment. Do things as it comes to him.

Inquisitive mind is the most important ingredient of being a lawyer. Need to always be curious and think through.

River land was never gazetted, and Vincent Tan tried to run Linear City.

KL Sentral, before it was built, it was 30 years lease land, but it can't be railway land in that circumstance. So, it became freehold, with the condition that railway track runs below it. That turned KL Sentral into reality.

When you work for multinational companies in Malaysia, you get to learn from the world's best, while still contributing in Malaysia.

When Lim Chong Eu started Penang Free Zone, those multinational companies developed a lot of top brains, but we didn't exploit the brains to the rest of the country.

Chew Seng Kok believed that when he went abroad and then he came back, he developed ZICO with Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and now ZICO has 145 lawyers under it.

Today it is a global world, so today, we can contribute to nation-building globally.

Chew Seng Kok's regret is that Malaysia does not have a good policy to bring back top Malaysian talents. He took 50% pay cut when he decided to quit and come back to Malaysia.

There are a lot of top Malaysians in Singapore who want to come back, but there are too many little Napoleons.

For the young ones, do be careful of what you say.

For ZICO, when it pitched to new clients, it showed them the list of general counsels of clients and get the clients to check on the reference. If one has been doing good job, then there is no worry that the new clients can check with the reference.

Chew Seng Kok highlighted that when lawyers submitted stuff to him, and he commented on their work, especially negatively, and they felt happy on it.

Chew Seng Kok's two main passions today is to develop ZICO regionally and also to leave a solid succession plan for ZICO.

Back then, when Chew Seng Kok was 27, his hope back then was to earn a lot of money.

Chew Seng Kok advice is that we should make a difference in people's lives, and when we get financial freedom, we make a difference in others.

Chew Seng Kok said that he took his time out to come and share, because he felt encouraged by what Wan Firdaus is doing, and this is good efforts.
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Middlebury is not fully need blind for international students

Thanks to Andrew for highlighting this issue. He is even being highlighted by Middlebury's twitter.

Middlebury is not fully need blind for international students.. :(

So, now we are down to 7 need blind universities for international students - MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Williams, Amherst.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

17th CEO Series of Talks

17th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talks -
Inviting you to the CEO Series 17 featuring Mr Chew Seng Kok, the Managing Partner for Zaid Ibrahim and Co, the biggest law firm in Malaysia


Mr Seng Kok has extensive experience in advising foreign and local sponsors, lenders and Governments on the legal aspects of major privatisation projects and transactions within Malaysia and in the Asian region. Mr Seng Kok also advises clients on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters in dealing with the Federal and State Government agencies. 

Mr Seng Kok was named as a leading lawyer in the Leading Chambers Global Guide since year 1999 and has been named as one of Asia's leading business lawyers in the Asia Law Leading Lawyers 2001 and 2002. 

Zaid Ibrahim and Co (ZICO) is the largest law firm in Malaysia with more than 130 lawyers in offices located throughout Malaysia. ZICO have successfully developed legal solutions for many of Asia's largest deals in the private and public sectors. 

Also, with offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Middle East, ZICO have regional reach and a distinctive edge on the Asian legal perspective. ZICO also advise governments, statutory bodies, major Malaysian, American, European and Japanese corporations and local and international financial institutions. 

ZICO is a multiple recipient of the "Malaysian Law Firm of the Year" award from the International Financial Law Review.


Map to venue as per attached to this event page.

Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Dress Code: Just turn up in your working clothes :)
Venue: Menara Integriti
Persiaran Duta, Off Jalan Duta

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Asian Youth Ambassador (AYA) Dream Malaysia Awards 2009

Asian Youth Ambassador (AYA) Dream Malaysia Awards 2009. This is the 5th Annual AYA Awards.

I would first like to recognize my sincere thanks to an anonymous Malaysian who nominated me for this award. Really appreciate what you have done, although until now, I do not know who is the person who does this.

Would like to dedicate this awards to all of you who have supported many of the initiatives that I have involved over these years, and to many of you who have offered me guidance, support, listening ears, advice etc, through the ups and downs of my life.

I would like to congratulation AYA for doing this award, and I would like to congratulate all the other finalists as well. They are all very deserving winners, and the world is a much better place, thanks to many sacrifice and efforts that they have put in. To all the nominees, Congratulations for making a difference in the lives of others too!

There are 2 categories of AYA Awards.
a) Most Outstanding Youth
b) Youth Friendly Companies

For Most Outstanding Youth 2009, there are 4 finalists.

1. Edana Lim Parina, 35

"Her dream Malaysia is to see a united Malaysia that respects every race as they are and one that fully acknowledges different strengths in each culture. Edana seeks to play her role in that by hiring all races into her company and do the most with what she has and be the best she can be as a woman. Edana believes in second chances even as she received hers and thus, exercises that motto with her current staff."

2. Ellynita Hazlina Lamin, 33

"Her dream Malaysia is for people to not just be tolerant towards one another but to understand and accept each other beyond race and gender. She aspires to see the lives that she touches in some way — no matter big or small — begin to impact the lives of others. Ultimately, she seeks to create an awareness of the need in Acheh and be able to share that with anyone who is interested to listen or contribute in some way."

3. Jecyrina Nagarajah, 27

"Her dream Malaysia is to see homeless people or beggars have a purposeful meaning to life. She believes that they CAN come out from the circle of poverty and be an active contributor of society. She hopes to see that our society won’t just give them a ‘fish’ but will teach them ‘how to fish’. She is motivated by seeing lives changed for the better and knowing that she made the right choice in doing what she’s doing now."

4. Yeoh Chen Chow, 28

"His dream Malaysia is to see more youth empowerment. He believes that the youth of today has the ability and passion to make a different and improved Malaysia. Chen Chow is currently involved in a few non-profit projects to inspire more young people to dream bigger. He believes in the culture of sharing information and believes in giving back to others to pursue their education."

There are 2 ways of voting.
a) Online - Click Here
b) SMS - "AYA Y 1" (For Edana)/ "AYA Y 2" (For Ellynita)/ "AYA Y 3" (For Jecyrina)/ "AYA Y 4" (For Chen Chow), and send to 36828. There is a charge of RM0.80 per SMS. This SMS is powered and sponsored by Trio Mobile Sdn. Bhd.

In addition to Most Outstanding Youth 2009 Awards, there is also Youth Friendly Company 2009 Awards, and there are 3 deserving finalists.

1. AFS
"AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Working with secondary school students, AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance. It is not designed as a tourist program, rather it allows students to immerse themselves in a culture and country unlike their own."

2. Leaderonomics
"A social enterprise niched in the field of leadership, Leaderonomics offers a full range of solutions and services for organisations, and individuals of all ages. Its vision is to seek to grow people into leaders, build affectionate communities, and transform human societies. In training corporations and youths, Leaderonomics seeks to play an active role in helping the world’s leaders — of all ages, classes and ethnicities — to adapt and meet dramatic changes in our natural and synthetic environments and to help them grow and develop as leaders. The income generated from these activities is channeled into projects and services that enhances leadership development in underprivileged communities."

3. Theatre for Young People
"Under the auspices of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), the T4YP young people’s theatre programme provides a platform for young people between the ages of 16 to 25 the opportunity to express themselves by creating meaningful theatre. Essential to T4YP is the idea of building a close-knit community of young theatre practitioners who feel safe to explore and experiment within the boundaries of an established ensemble."

There are 2 ways of voting too.
a) Online - Click Here
b) SMS - "AYA CO 1" (For AFS)/ "AYA CO 2" (For Leaderonomics)/ "AYA CO 3" (For Theatre for Young People) and send to 36828. There is a charge of RM0.80 per SMS. This SMS is powered and sponsored by Trio Mobile Sdn. Bhd.

Hope that all of you would exercise your votes to vote for the deserving finalists.

The voting would end at 1pm on 2nd November 2009.
The awards ceremony would be on 8th November 2009 at KLPAC.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

China (Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Beijing and Tianjin) - July 2009

Meant to write this post 2 months ago, after I came back from my trip to China (Tianjin, Beijing, Inner Mongolia and Shanxi). However, procrastination was there, and I haven't gotten down to write it till now. So, hopefully, you will get a feel of the trip. Have posted a bunch of those photos in Facebook, so guess, go hunt for it there.

Would share mainly on the Inner Mongolia and Shanxi part, since not many might have made this journey before.

Trip started on the night of 9th July 2009 from LCCT, Sepang taking Air Asia X. It was a smooth flight, and when we touched down and went through the A (H1N1) check, we are in Tianjin city. Our first destination was "Mei Shi Jie", the street with lots of food. It is more like a building with lots of food, but the price was quite high. We had "Gou Bu Li" etc.

After which, we headed over to "Wen Hua Jie", the cultural street. It is more of an older street where people go and shop for costume. We had hawker food too, and it was good and cheap. About RMB 16 altogether for 3 of us, with 4 types of food, a noodle, a char shaw fried rice, a kebab and a turkey meat stick. After which, we took the Bullet Train to Beijing. It was fast and clean, going up to a speed of 320+ km/hr. A 30 minutes journey which cost each of us RMB58.

That evening, 10th July 2009 was the start of our venture to Inner Mongolia. Our train departed at around 7:20pm from Beijing West Station. It was a frenzy trying to locate all the 7 of us (Rachel, Ming Soon, Zcho Yee, Yan Min, Wilson, Chloe and myself) before that, as the train station is literally huge, and they have more than 1 KFC.

We reached Hohhot in Inner Mongolia on the early morning of 11th July 2009. The first impression there was that the road was full with rubbish. It was not as clean, but guess, once we get used to it, it was not too bad. After a breakfast at Mr. Lee, yes, that's the name of the restaurant chain, we headed out.

Instead of describing it chronologically, maybe I'll do destination highlighting.

1. Xilamuren Grassland - What I like about grassland is its nature surrounding, where you can sit down there on the grass and look as far as your eyes go, and you can see where the grassland meets the sky. It was a beautiful sight. Even the scenery from the room was breath-taking. It was a place where we can get peace and relaxation. At night, when light is turned off, it is pitch dark, perhaps with the only exception of the bright round yellow moon. Riding on the horses there was great as well, including tasting the lamb meat. We had a memorable time there, with our "newly-wed" couple, who went through Mongolian wedding. The milk tea there was unique as well.

2. Wu Dang Zhao - This is a temple on our way from Xilamuren Grassland to Xiang Sha Wan passing through Baotou. It was built during Emperor KangXi (1662-1722) and was based on Tashilhunbu Monastery in Tibet. It has quite rich architecture and from the view of the top, it is very nice.

3. XiangShaWan (Resonant Sand Bay) - This is where we get the chance to sit camels and go along the desert. My first experience sitting on camel. On our way there, we got the chance to pass by Yellow River and seeing the industrialization of Baotou.

4. Mausoleum of Genghis Khan - Going to Inner Mongolia and not tracing the root of Genghis Khan, would not make the trip complete. The wikipedia entry (linked above) would give you a good description of the history. The significant thing is the huge statue of the horses that go along with Genghis Khan.

5. Baotou - We had a good time going around Baotou city, including walking around the night market and shop for little souvenirs around there. We even bought a cake and get it delivered to our hotel to celebrate Zcho Yee and Rachel's birthday!

6. Hasuhai Sea - This is on our way from Baotou to Hohhot. It has great scenery, especially on the cable car, where we get to partially go down into the grass. We had the most number of fishes in our lives there too. Our lunch has at least 50 fishes (some big, some small), a real fish meal, and it cost RMB 38 per person, which is very reasonable.

7. Xilituzhao Temple - A great temple in Hohhot, where it has a lot of history, and it was a great visit. We even made a wish each and threw a coin into the Wish Bowl and my coin went in! :)

8. Hohhot - the 99 Street in Hohhot next to Xilituzhao temple was a nice place for us to hang around and walk in the evening, visiting those little shops there. We also walked around the night market towards Inner Mongolia University. It was a long street walk of night market. We also got the chance to visit XinHua Guang Chang, a huge park where there are lots of flower.

9. JiangJun YaShu - This used to be the headquarter of the warriors.

10. Inner Mongolia Museum - This is a very huge museum, with many exhibits hall. The dinosaur exhibits definitely caught our attention, and another one would be that the museum guides are mostly primary school students, who are there to learn to share with tourists. It was fun!

11. YunGang Shi Ku Grottoes - This is a huge area with 53 caves and there are 51,000 Buddha statues. Some are as high as 17 meters, whereas some are as small as 2cm.

12. Datong City - It is a more quiet city, and we went to Hongqi Guang Chang to have a walk and went to the night market. Not as much to see in this city.

13. XuanKong Shi (Hanging Temple) - This is a state of the art, where the temple is hanging on the cliff, and there could be thousands of people standing on top of the wooden platform.

14. Jiulong Bi (Nine Dragon Wall) - This is a huge wall, which has the carving of 9 dragons. And this ends our trip of Inner Mongolia and Shanxi.

After that, in Beijing, we got chance to go Peking Zoo, Quanjude Peking Duck, Bird's Nest Olympics Stadium, Shuilifang Olympics Stadium, WangfuJing, Yi He Yuan (Yi He Garden) and TsingHua University. We also got the chance to visit Wilson's apartment and office.

And our last stop was Tianjin, with just going around He Ping Jie (Peace Street), which is a long shopping street.

It has been a great holiday and would say that it is a good breakaway for me, to have some solid break, and come back afresh. The travelmates have been awesome!

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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Thanks to Evelyn for sharing on this.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, and in academia. To date, 120 Fellowships have been awarded.

It is open to US Citizens and also non-citizens who are living/studying in US.

The Scoville Fellowship is now accepting applications for the spring 2010 semester. All applications materials must be submitted via email. Click here to apply. The deadline for submitting all materials is October 5, 2009.

For the FAQ, go to here .

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"One Young World" Summit

Calling those who are born between 1984 and 1986 and have a passion to make a change in the world.

Hopefully that more young leaders, especially Malaysians would stand forward to nominate themselves and lets look for the most suitable Malaysians to represent our country!
What is One Young World?

- A global initiative to bring together 1500 young leaders from 192 countries
- A gathering of the brightest and best of the next generation
- Gives young people a place to engage and have their voices heard about their future
- Supported by Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Bob Geldof among others as counsellors
- 1500 leaders of tomorrow born since 1984 inclusive will be elected by their peers using's platform
- World first event with 2 delegates from every country in the world and the remaining delegates in line with the spread of the world's population.
- First time in world history that countries such as China and India have their population fully represented at any global event.

The One Young World delegates will address six key issues at the Summit in 2010:
- Developing Political Leadership for a positive future
- Global Business and its role in shaping society through the economy
- Inter-faith dialogue
- The Environment and its protection
- The Media, its changing identity and its power
- Global Health, its polarities and impact

When is it happening?
- The Inaugural Summit will be held from 8-10 February 2010 in London - the Opening Ceremony will be held at Old Billingsgate and the Plenary Sessions will be held at the Excel Centre, which recently hosted the G20 Summit. The Opening Ceremony will be hosted by Mayor Boris Johnson with an address by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

How do I become a delegate?
Very simple: click on the stand as a candidate button, follow the instructions, and once your profile is complete, publicise the site to as many people as possible in your network and get them to vote for you. After voting your supports are also invited to pledge their financial support for you should the wish. The more votes you gather the more likely you are to be able to attend.

Delegate Criteria
To be a delegate you should be happy to demonstrate the following:
- be born since January 1 1984
- show leadership potential
- an understanding of today's environment and the challenges it brings
- a passion and commitment to make a difference to a future generation
- willingness to represent your country and the views of your generation in your country
- an interest in the global issues to be debated at the Summit
- a proven record of volunteering or extra-curricular activities
- You should be actively engaged in one or more of the following sectors: business, voluntary/charity, education, media, political, healthcare, environmental, religious, agricultural, technology.

To sign up, go to One Young World.

Endorsement Videos from:-
1. Kofi Annan

2. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

3. Sir Bob Geldof

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