Citizenship in the Age of the Internet

When: Fri, October 19, 8:00am – 12:30pm, 2012
Where: Perdana Leadership Foundation, 1 Jalan P8H, Precinct 8, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Admission: Free
Info: EventBrite

We assume that the Internet – with its rich population of blogs, social media, articles, videos and podcasts – has enabled more citizens to participate in public policy decisions and voice their grouses directly to the government. The Internet, in other words, has enabled more citizens to take greater interest in the governance of their country.

But data shows otherwise: since 1995, the proportion of the voting age population who register and cast their vote in the national ballots has actually declined, from 63.6% in 1995 to 53.4% in 2008. It seems that while more Malaysians are online, their political awareness has not increased. Why is this so?  Panelists include:
  • Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Higher Education 
  • Tricia Yeoh, Director, Dynamic Search 
  • Lim Teck Hoe, CEO, The Switch 
  • Anas Zubedy, Managing Director, Zubedy