ASLI Open Dialogue with YB Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education Malaysia - In Conversation on Malaysian Education on 14 February 2019

14 Feb 2019, 09:00:AM - 04:00:PM
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Education remains the most powerful tool in the building blocks of any progressive nation. The Malaysian education system has long been plagued with issues surrounding proficiency of English as a second language, low enrolment of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects – what it now dubbed by YB Dr Maszlee as STREAM with the inclusion of reading and arts, overall quality of education, and issues surrounding race relations that leads to national unity. These pertinent issues were again highlighted by Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed where he emphasized the need to revamp the Malaysian school curriculum focused on overcoming these issues. YAB Tun further urged that the objective of the national education policy is not only about merely imparting knowledge to children but also about shaping better characters. 

This emphasis was also taken in YB Dr Maszlee’s recent mandate speech where the Minister of Education highlighted the need for new education policies to be value driven. While these new policies reduce the amount of examinations that Malaysian students are required to take, the metrics of which they are measured are yet to be holistic and achieve global standards, with Malaysia still faring poorly in PISA rankings and graduates’ employability remains low. 

The need to balance between producing employable school leavers and graduates, and creating progressive citizens remain the biggest challenge for our education system. The implementation of policies to bridge these gaps is pivotal in empowering our future generations.

This Open Dialogue aims to provide the platform for discourse on the current state of our education system, the implementation of its policies and bridging the current gaps within to empower our young generation for the future.



9.30 am 
Arrival of YB Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education, Malaysia
Welcome Address:
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO 
Chairman, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) 

Ministerial Keynote Address:
YB Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education, Malaysia 

10.00 am 
ASLI CPPS Policy Brief – “Bridging the Gaps Within: Empowering Education for the Future Generation” 

10.15 am 
In conversation with: 
YB Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education, Malaysia and Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid President, Malaysian Association for Education and Malaysian Council for Educational Management and Leadership 

Moderated by: 
Professor Dr. Mohd Tajudin Mohd Rasdi Professor of Architecture, UCSI University 

Concluding remarks from morning session 

12.00 pm 
Networking Lunch


Afternoon session begins

2.00 pm 
In conversation with: 
YM. Datuk Dr Syed Ali Tawfik al-Attas, Former Director-General, Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM) 

Moderated by: 
Datuk Parmjit A.Singh President, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities (MAPCU) Vice President, Malaysian Service Providers Confederation (MSPC) 

4.00 pm 
Concluding Remarks from afternoon session 

4.30 pm 
End of Programme

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Venue : Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa


Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)

ASLI is the leading independent, private and not for profit think tank in Malaysia and committed to creating a better society. Since its inception in 1993, ASLI has been the definitive voice of strategy and leadership in the country, having provided trusted insights to governments, businesses and the diplomatic community as well as promoting dialogues to understand and better relations amongst government, business and civil society in ASEAN as well as the wider Asia-Pacific region. 

ASLI provides strategic analysis and advice on critical issues through conferences, policy roundtables and strategic forums by gathering industry thought leaders together to exchange views, develop policy options and key recommendations. ASLIs’ programmes have been participated by Heads of States, Prime Ministers, Senior Cabinet Ministers, captains of industry, prominent strategic thinkers, corporate CEO’s, Ambassadors and emerging young leaders.

ASLI has recently restructured its organisation with new management team and aligning all our focus to its original mandate – 'Dedicated To Creating A Better Society'. The Chairman of ASLI, Y.Bhg Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr. Jeffery Cheah AO has directed ASLI to focus on nation building and sustainable development initiatives. Our focus will not just be in organising the traditional forums and summits, but rather ensure that for all our engagements we will develop proceedings and outcomes, and provide the same to relevant stakeholders with recommendations for implementation. Where able, ASLI will offer to assist in its implementation. We are also focusing on policy work and measures have been already put in place to strengthen our research areas. 

On 18 December 2018, we relocated our office to a comfortable and conducive office in Sunway Lagoon Club. This day marks the most significant day in ASLI with 25 years of leadership excellence, as the super connector with corporate companies, government ministries, universities, NGOs and across all walks of life, striving on what we do best in nation building. Having upgraded facilities in an integrated township in Sunway, not only enhances our productivity but opens great collaborative opportunities with top academia practitioners to solidify our position as the leading policy research centre and further strengthen our offers in providing independent and unbiased research studies. 

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ASLI has earned a reputation we can be proud of, as a world leading independent private Think Tank. That reputation is built on more than two decades of Asian strategy and leadership excellence. Beyond connecting people, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the national and regional agenda. And this is the key to fulfilling our mission by creating a better society for all.

ASLI is pressing on what we do best to serve the community, the nation and the region.  We continue to build on ASLI’s unique strengths, attributes and relevance to the country and to the world. In all our initiatives, we see, hear and experience examples every day of how people are changing the nation in large and small ways. We prepare for the future today by connecting all key stakeholders in relevant platforms, playing a greater part in transforming our community and our nation. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that ASLI has no other subsidiaries apart from its current operation. We cemented our fundamentals in righteousness, justice and peace, and continue to uphold strongly in integrity and ethical practice in all our activities. 

We sincerely thank all our strategic partners who continue to support us especially the recent change in leadership. 

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ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) engages in public policy analysis, policy advocacy and roundtable discussions.CPPS carries out research studies on nation-building contributing to important public debate on ethnic relations; good governance and corruption; poverty and income inequalities; education and human capital development; national competitiveness as well as and sustainable development. CPPS programmes are aimed at building a fair, just multi-racial and multi-religious society. CPPS also launched the Merdeka Statement, general principles of nation building and the campaign against extremism. In a Global Study of Think Tanks undertaken by the University of Pennsylvania USA and launched in the United Nations in New York, CPPS was ranked the top think tank in Malaysia, 2nd in Asean and 4th in South east Asia and the Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand).


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