Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Here is the MOST updated list of panellists for GYS 2008

Re-branding Capitalism

1. Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Assistant secretary general for economic development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN

2. Professor Lim Chong Yah
Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Growth Centre of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

3. Tan Sri Dato Azman bin Hj Mokhtar (suggested)
Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia

Environmental Responsibilities vs. National Development

1. Assc Prof Dr. Alastair S Gunn
Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy
University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

2. Prof. Dr. Khairulmaini Osman Salleh
Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the University of Malaya

3. Professor Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin
Director General of Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia

Media and its Evolving Role

1. Ms. Sabina Inderjit
Executive Committee Member of the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific

2. Mr. Edmund Bon
Bar Council Human Rights Committee Chairperson

3. Mr. Johan Farid
Head of Regional Youth Projects of Youth Dynamics, ASTRO

Thursday, June 19, 2008

To all particpants and participants-to-be

In order to prepare yourself for the symposium, we encourage you to read up on the three topics. Of course, you can focus only on the one you like but because you will be attending all three forums for the sub-topics, it is good to have some knowledge about it.

visit this website and have a look around. Such a working plan is what we hope that you, as the future of this world, would be able to frame.

All the best no matter what you're doing!

Looking forward to seeing you in August!

Yours truly,

Grace Lim,
Head of Programme and Protocol.

p/s i will be putting the list of panellists up soon.

Just wanted to say Hi!

Hi everyone,

It has been a long trip for the committee of GYS 08 and today, the 20th JUNE 2008, will mark another historical moment for us in our path with GYS. What is important today is that it will be the closing date for participants' registration. However, we will still receive participation forms after this, and will try to fit in as many participants as possible. So, if you are interested to join us, do email/sms/call us beforehand to check with us, how long an extension will be given to you.

I would like to personally thank all participants-to-be of this symposium for taking the time out to complete all the forms and corresponding with us through emails, smses and telephone conversations. It was our pleasure to answer all questions and we hope that we have helped you much. We will be getting back to you soon once we sort out some admin work. Do wait for our replies!

This past week has been all good for the committee as we have received good news from international panelists! Our Asst. Director for the Bureau of Programme and Protocol, Grace Lim, will update as soon as all the other admin works are done. She will soon put up a blog post to share with everyone a little about our confirmed panelist. So, do check the blog from time to time for the latest update about the symposium.

If there are still questions which you will need to ask regarding the symposium, feel free to email, sms or call me. I would gladly help:)

Working for a better tomorrow!

Cheers to GYS '08,
Christine Chai
Global Youth Symposium 2008
The University of Malaya
+6012 - 636 1502

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

An Undate on Panellists

Great news,

We have received confirmation that Professor Lim Chong Yah has agreed to be a panellist.

Professor Lim Chong Yah is an Emeritus Professor of Economics based in the National University of Singapore. He holds the Albert Winsemius Chair Professor of Economics and is the Director of the Economic Growth Centre in Nanyang Technological University.

For more information on Professor Lim's numerous contributions and publications, do visit

Sunday, June 01, 2008

In A Nutshell

I love putting things in a nutshell.
It makes life less complex. less complicated
Simplicity is elegance, they say. Elegance = Refined, Finest, Beautiful.

Enough with MY philosophies, moving on to the nutshell . . . .

3 topics to deal with . . .

-Rebranding Capitalism
-Environmental Responsibilities vs. National Development
-Alternative Media & Its Evolving Role

All three issues are well phrased and straight to the point.

Why? We are facing these issues in the present day.
Why now? Simply because we are experiencing the product of this phenomenon we label as 'globalization'
Why bother? Like it or not, these are the realities YOUTHS have to deal with for the sake of the SUSTAINABILITY of HUMANITY.

Allow me to stuff more into the nutshell. . . .

2 of the said issues (Rebranding Capitalism & Environ. Responsibilities v. National Dev) must be discussed under the huge umbrella of economics. In discussing Alternative Media & Its Evolving Role, the social, political and legal implications must be dwelt into.

On capitalism, the question is whether it is still relevant in this globalized stage?
Some suggest that 'pure' capitalism no longer exist as the capitalism exist in the present is built on the fundamentals of a hybrid of economic system. The collision between globalization and capitalism leads to a new branding of capitalism.

On Environmental Responsibilities vs National Development, there must be a balanced equation between awareness on environmental sustainability and awareness of the needs and reality of development.
As for now, the equation is far from balance. My authority by saying so?

Alternative Media & Its Evolving Role is another interesting topic.
However, I shall put it in another nutshell for another day.