Friday, April 04, 2008


This is a notice from Aliran:

Date: 13 April 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 8.15am to 4.30pm
Place: Disted College (Jalan Macalister/Jalan Cantonment)
Fee: RM5/participant to cover lunch and refreshments (payable on the day)
Registration: Phone 04-658 5251 (from Tuesday to Saturday during office hours) or email

Programme: See below
Organised by: the two dozen-odd NGOs who organised last year's Pesta Rakyat Merdeka.
Who should participate: Anyone and everyone interested in helping to chart a better future for Penang.
How to prepare: Think about concrete plans of action in areas which concern you, which can be presented to the new state government or
other state agencies.

Join us at the Penang Forum to debate and propose plans of action on how NGOs and other groups can work with the new Penang Government to implement people-centred development and to promote more democratic, participatory and transparent governance.

We will be looking at issues including environment, transport and urban issues, governance, women, workers, disabled, youth and
students, and arts,culture and heritage.

The purpose of the 13 April forum is to start a process that would enable us to we establish our own agendas and plans of action for consideration by the state government and its agencies; we would be looking to develop follow-up action (for example: the formation of specialised working groups to further develop proposals on particular topics) and to establish a regular official scheduled forum of exchange with the state government so that our plans and proposals can be systematically fed in and discussed.

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

Forward to a better Penang! Together we can make a difference!

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