The Sarawak Initiatives Leadership Programme specially features “A Sarawak Identity” on Sarawak Independence Day (July 22)

TSI chairman Datuk John Tenewi Nuek (seated fifth from left) with the committee and members of TSI.

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KUCHING, May 28: There will be a special feature of “A Sarawak Identity” in The Sarawak Initiatives (TSI) Leadership Programme on Sarawak Independence Day (July 22) which covers the many aspects of deriving Sarawak’s identity from a diverse culture.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) said it would like to try to rediscover Sarawak’s evolving cultures, traditions, music, mythologies, and art and see if Sarawakians could create a new dimension to the Sarawak identity while enjoying the diverse identities of other nations.

Other than the special feature, the TSI Leadership Programme with a tagline “Dare to dream for a better Sarawak” will also cover a wide range of topics including History, Principles of Government, Education, Human Rights, Integrity, Gender Equality, Economics, Technology, Religious Liberty, and a host of other topics related to nation-building.


“The TSI Leadership Programme is organised for aspiring and current leaders seeking personal development and knowledge in nation-building that requires them to possess a wide general knowledge of diverse subjects that are crucial to good decision making.

“Good leaders are expected to show courage, the strength of character, integrity, capability in managing a nation and its resources for its peoples and many other virtues of good leadership,” it said in a statement today.

On the different lectures, TSI revealed that Professor Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram would be touching on “Malaysian Economic Development: Experience and Options”, Professor Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi to lecture on “The Special Position of Sabah and Sarawak under the Federal Constitution”, Professor Dr Johan Saravanamuttu to talk about “Power Sharing in a Divided Nation”, political analyst Professor Dr James Chin to lecture on “Past, Present and Future Political Landscape of Sarawak” and Professor Dr Wong Chin Huat to talk on “A Decentralised Malaysia for Sarawak” while Professor Edmund Terence Gomez will lecture on “Reforming GLCs in Malaysia”.

Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum will be presenting a lecture on “Democracy and The Rule of Law in Malaysia” while former Chief Judge of The High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David Wong Dak Wah will give a lecture on “A Progressive Judiciary” and Dato Seri Mohd Hishamuddin Yunus, Siti Kasim and Professor Dr Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi will give lectures on subjects related to “Religious Liberty”.

TSI added that participants would be able to engage with the lecturers through Q&A sessions while each session is expected to take around an hour on a non-working day.

Participants will be notified of the schedule of each lecture and those who satisfactorily completed their indicated programme will be awarded a TSI Leadership Programme Certificate with the list of lectures attended printed on it

With the full list of lecturers and lecture topics available on the website (www.thesarawakinitiatives.org), the TSI Leadership Programme is now open for registration with a registration fee of RM50 per participant which can be paid to The Sarawak Initiatives through internet banking CIMB Bank Account (8010-719-266).

Sponsorship is also available upon application. Registration Fee is waived for students and unemployed graduates. — DayakDaily