What’s the fuss? Why Occupy Wall Street?

MARUAH has put together a public forum, as part of our focus on seeking a rights-based approach on issues that matter. The importance of such global issues should not be underestimated. As global citizens, it is our role to understand the phenomenon sparked off by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, the “Arab Spring” of 2011.

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. OWS are fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.

Our 3 esteemed speakers will cover various perspectives on this issue, ranging from financial to human rights perspectives.

Mr Leong Sze Hian, a Financial Service professional and expert, will be presenting the financial perspective of the Occupy Wall Street movement; as well as the Euro crisis and answer the hot question: Are banks too big to fail?

Mr Tan Jee Say, a investment banker and an ex-policymaker, will be speaking from the perspective of policy making and economics – touching on the globalised economy, Free Trade agreements and recovery of debts.

Last but not least, Ms Braema Mathi, President of MARUAH and also the chair of this discussion, will speak from a human rights perspective, introducing frameworks such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework among others within her discussion.

Event details:
Date: 19th November 2011, Saturday
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Registration begins at 3.30pm.
Venue: Training Room 2, Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967 (map)
Register for the event here.

More about MARUAH’s Community Service Projects:
A key aim of such talks includes providing education on various issues affecting the society. Participants are encouraged to view issues from a rights-based perspective and generate discussions around it. Presentations should enable learning and encourage queries. The role of speakers is to be knowledge experts and it is their responsibility to research and take on an evidence based approach to sharing information. We aim to maintain objectivity and so influence our speakers in the process to let the audience do the thinking.

Mr Leong Sze Hian
Leong Sze Hian is the Past President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the Media, has been host of a money radio show, a daily newspaper money columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, and invited to speak at more than 100 times in about 25 countries on 5 continents. He has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica, Chairman of the Institute of Administrative Management, and founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Brunei and Indonesia. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional qualifications.

Mr Tan Jee Say
Tan Jee Say is an investment adviser. He has worked in international banks and asset management institutions such as Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Govett Asset Management and Standard Chartered Bank, for more than 16 years, and held positions as managing director and regional head of Asia Pacific operations.

Prior to joining the financial sector, he was with the Administrative Service for 11 years, including 6 years in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and 5 years as the Principal Private Secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong.

Mr. Tan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and has an Islamic Finance Qualification jointly awarded by the Chartered Institute and ESA of Lebanon. He graduated from Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics on a Singapore Government Overseas Merit Scholarship.

He took part in the May 2011 Singapore General Elections and was also a candidate in the Presidential Election held four months later.

Chair and speaker: Ms Braema Mathi
Braema Mathi is a former Nominated Member of Parliament; a former President of AWARE and current Vice-President of AFA. She led Transient Workers Count Too and its precursor, The Working Committee 2 from 2002-2007. She has worked as a teacher, a journalist, in senior management and in research.

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