“Media and National Development”

Last Wednesday, the Perdana Leadership Foundation with Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement (InQka) UiTM organised the 6th Perdana Discourse Series with the title “Media and National Development. The event was a full day discourse with an hour keynote address by the Foundation’s Honorary President, YABhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, an opportunity for a Questions & Answer session with Tun, followed by a panel discussion and breakout session for the participants. Panelist includes Steven Gan, the editor-in-chief for Malaysiakini.com, Datuk A Kadir Jasin, the editor-in-chief of Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd, Jeff Ooi, citizen journalist from ScreenShots, and a student representative Dr. Kamalan Jeeva, a very well experienced national debater and a vet by practice.

 

Okay, I’ll spare the details, you can visit the Foundations website for more info and even for some pictures of the event – http://www.perdana.org.my

 

I was there, so, I’ll share some visual insights.

 

It was a great event and I met a lot of great people. I had the chance to chat with Dato’ Marina Mahathir (to date, I’m still confused whether its Datuk Paduka or Datin Paduka. Well, I better start calling her ‘MaM’ instead then). And to make my day, she recognised me as for she did asked “how come I haven’t seen your comments for a while now”. Hehehe. Sorry MaM, I got a bit too busy here and there.

 

I had a very great time engaging interesting conversations with people from all fields and most of them are much much older than me, which is simply great.

 

I ended up lepaking at Oldtown Kopitiam in Cyberjaya with a new friend I met as I was walking towards my car and we chatted from 7.00pm till 12:30am. Hahaha. People can really talk, I tell you. Add some caffeine and nicotine and conversations seem irresistibly engaging and endless. But I’m game for great conversations though I’ll end up listening and observing, and its always a great experience.

 

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Yesterday (Thursday) I watched ‘Berbagi Suami’ for the first time. Great movie, nice storyline. And fantastic music. I must get the Original Music Soundtrack. At least they don’t have just ONE theme song which is played throughout the movie over and over again like most of our local films. Come on, there a a lot of great underground bands that can fit in your movie soundtrack, do some research la. Takkan semua nak pakai Jac Victor, Misha Omar atau Siti jer ….

 

My favorite song from the movie of course is “Pergi tanpa Pesan” by Sore. Superb group. What a diverse song range they have. Brilliant musicians!

 

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Well pembaca sekalian, I’m off to “do work”. Lunch time is finishing. (“,)

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