The inaugural Merdeka Award Roundtable TV Talk-show

15 AUGUST 2011, BY Merdeka Award
The inaugural Merdeka Award Roundtable will be on air this Saturday, August 20, 2011.   Aimed at inspiring debate and discussion on key issues of interest to Malaysians, the Roundtable features the topic “The Spirit of Merdeka: Nurturing a Nation of Visionaries”.
Hosted by television and radio personality Norina Yahya, the Roundtable brings together leading figures from Malaysia’s corporate, academic and social spheres to discuss issues that are critical to the future of Malaysia.  
Writer and social commentator Dina Zaman, Merdeka Award Recipient and Professor at the Department of Physics University of Malaya Harith Ahmad; Member of the Merdeka Award Board of Trustees and historian Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim; Secretary to the Merdeka Award Board of Trustees Encik Mohammad Medan Abdullah; and Managing Director of global management consulting firm the HAY Group Mr Tharuma Rajah will provide interesting insights and views on the topic, which then brings to life the true spirit of independence - the liberation of mind and spirit, and the pursuit of excellence.  
It is a line-up that promises an in-depth and open discussion so don’t miss it!
Watch out for the Merdeka Award Roundtable on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 8.30 pm on ASTRO Awani (Channel 501), with repeats on August 21 (5.30 pm), August 22 (11 pm), August 27 (5 pm) and September 15, 2011 (3 pm).


Dr Edison Lee Tian Khoon
Dr Edison headed to Sweden’s Uppsala University, where he joined the Department of Chemistry, Ångström Laboratory, as part of his attachment stint. He is currently carrying out active research in polymer electrolyte and nanomaterials for Lithium-ion batteries. Read more about him here:
Innovating the Energy Ecosystem
Chrishen R. Gomez
Having attended the prestigious Ivy League Brown University as part of his attachment programme, 27-year-old Chrishen is now with the Wildlife Research and Conservation Unit at Oxford University. Chrishen is busy developing a genetic-based research project on the Sunda Clouded Leopard. Read more about him here: Conserving Our Forests & Future
Dr Zetty
Dr Zetty is currently working on anti-cancer compounds found in Malaysian seaweed and has continued to pursue her original project proposal of microalgae vaccine carriers for fish. A working solution has been patented by Dr Zetty and will be deployed within the coming year.
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