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10-01-2005, 10:36 PM
The Malaysian Parliament will debate the proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution to allow the Federal Government to take over the management of water supply form the state governments.

The implications of these constitutional amendments as well as the privatisation of water services are far-reaching.

Let's come together to discuss this important issue and its impact on consumers, the poor and the general public.

Date :
Saturday, January 15, 2005

Time :

Venue :
Conference Hall 1,
95 Jalan Padang Belia,
Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Programme :
8.45am : Registration

9.00am : Welcome & Keynote Address

The State of Water Supply in Malaysia - Issues and Challenges
by Charles Santiago
(Director, Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation/Group of Concerned Citizens)

9.30am : Panel Discussion I

Human Rights Perspective on Water Privatisation
by Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
(Deputy President, Human Rights Society of Malaysia , HAKAM)

Trades Union Perspective on Water Privatisation
by G. Rajasekaran
(Secretary General, Malaysian Trades Union Congress, MTUC)

Business Perspective on Water Privatisation
by Datuk Syed Shahabuddin
(Chairman, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor, SYABAS) - (invited)

10.30am: Coffee Break

11.00am: Panel Discussion II

Religious Perspectives on Water Privatisation
by Prof Amriah Buang (Islam), Fr Lawrence Andrew (Christianity), Sarath Surendran (Buddhism), V. Thiagarajah (Hinduism), Harcharan Singh (Sikhism)

Constitutional Implications of the "Federalisation" of Water Supply
by Dr. Syed Saleem Faruqi
(University Teknologi MARA) (invited)

1.00pm : Wrap-Up and Close

Free Admission. We look forward to your participation!

For inquiries, please call 03-2274 4897 or 012-3028801

Organised by Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)


REFSA is an independent non-profit organization aimed at encouraging open discussion and input into public policy issues. The Centre's main objectives are:

to offer independent research on social, economic and contemporary issues affecting Malaysians;

to serve as a a centre for intellectual interaction with the objective of advancing human and social development amongst all Malaysians; and

to articulate and disseminate information and help in the formulation of local, state and national policies.

Contact Person :

Richard Yeoh
Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
c/o 10.02 Level 10
The Amoda
22 Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Mailing Address :
Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
P O Box 12156
50768 Kuala Lumpur

Contact Numbers :
Tel : 03.2274.4897 / 012.302.8801
Fax : 03.2273.0422