By: Wong Tuck Cheong
In an initiative to focus attention on a pressing current issue, HELP University organised a dialogue forum on “Migration and Refugees in Malaysia – Challenges and Ways Forward” to inaugurate the Centre for Development Studies (CDS).
The invited participants included staff of UN agencies, NGOs, think tankers, academics, researchers, members of the diplomatic corps and government officers.
The lively discussions reflected the topicality of the theme and the gravity of the migration and refugee situation not only in Asia Pacific but globally. The phenomenon of migration, whether legal, illegal or forced, has emerged to challenge our views on issues of race, religion, human rights, and ethical and moral values.
The dialogue forum is the first in a series to be organised by CDS. It aims to bring together key experts, practitioners and thought leaders to discuss and analyse current issues and challenges and propose policy options and solutions for consideration.
The forum was intended to be a preparatory platform to generate points and themes for a national conference on this topic to be organized by the CDS later in the year.
HELP’s initiative in drawing attention to the issue of refugees and migration has extended its CSR efforts and concerns to a broader regional level.
Dr Victor Karunan, Senior Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Malaysia.
Dr Tim Rackett, Associate Professor, HELP School of Business and Management.
Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, CEO of HELP University.
Prof Eva Latham, Chair of the Centre for Human Dignity, HELP University.
Ms Alva Bruun, United Nations Development Programme.
Anna Pelosi, Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer, UNHCR.
Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP university.
Wong Chin Huat, Penang Institute
Dr Arujunan, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Government, HELP University.
Pn Aishah Abdullah, Malaysian Child Resource Institute.
Prof Jürgen Bröhmer, Dean of the Law School, Murdoch University, bids Dr Chan farewell at the end of the forum. Prof Bröhmer hails from Germany. His interests are politics and international affairs; he specialises in EU law, the law of international institutions and constitutional law.