PRESS STATEMENT, 22 April 2015, KUALA LUMPUR – Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) is engaging the youth in a debate competition on integrity and corruption, to help raise awareness and initiate an open dialogue on these issues.
According to Transparency International’s Youth Integrity Survey published in 2014, the findings compiled in the report “Asia pacific youth: integrity in crisis”show that young people face challenges in upholding their own integrity standards. The research revealed that almost three-quarters of young people would behave corruptly to gain personal advantage – for example, using a relative’s influence to secure a job or a place in a school outside the standard election process. Young people represent the future of the societies they live in. They have a vital stake in ensuring that the just rules they want to play by are actually being implemented. By demanding integrity from the authorities and by promoting it among their peers and their elders they can help create a better environment for themselves.
Recognising the need to develop a culture that encourages and empowers the youth to think critically and debate social and political norms, TI-M’s youth debate on ‘Integrity and Corruption’ will involve six champion, university debaters competing for the winning title. The event aims to provide a platform for the youth to openly discuss and engage on issues pertaining to corruption, transparency and integrity in a free, fair and non-violent environment.
The public debate will be held in front of a live audience and will be judged by a panel of experts in the field which are:
- Dato’ Akhbar Satar, President of Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M);
- Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar;
- Ravindran Devagunam, Director of the Performance Management and Delivery Unity (PEMANDU);
- Shah Bin Hashim, President of the United Nations Global Compact Network, Malaysia;
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday 25th April 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus,Lecture Hall 12, No. 1 Jalan Taylor’s, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
The event is supported by iM4U, Taylor’s University and the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP).
The debate will also be livestreamed and followed by a question and answer session with the audience, to engage both sides on further issues or queries raised on the matters discussed.
We are encouraging as many of the public, media, and youth to attend as possible to help get the discussion going! Please register for free online at:http://goo.gl/forms/X2ywijaGxa
Dato’ Akhbar Satar
Transparency International-Malaysia is an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation committed to the fight against corruption.