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KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the key speaker at a public talk and dialogue to be held on Feb 12, where he will discuss the changes in the country’s political and social landscape that have taken place since he left office in 2003.

The event, titled ‘The Malaysian Dilemma’, is organised by the Centre for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) and will be held at Connexion @ Nexus, Bangsar South City, Jalan Kerinchi here.

Cenbet co-president Gan Ping Sieu said the title was a play on Dr Mahathir’s 1970 book, ‘The Malay Dilemma’, and was chosen to reflect the country’s transformation since the time the book was published.

Gan said Dr Mahathir was expected to speak on issues such as the economy, political challenges and social unity, as well as answer questions from the audience.

“The nation is facing new challenges of late as compared to Mahathir’s time in the 1970s, when the book was published and later on, when the philosophy that he wrote about was implemented (during his tenure as prime minister).

“We want to allow the public to hear some of his views on Malaysia’s future, especially given how the country has moved on and how its political landscape has changed,” Gan said at a press conference here.

The forum is supported by the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli), the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and the UOA Group.

Students, civil society organisations and diplomats are encouraged to attend. Those interested can register at or e-mail [email protected].

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