NILAI, July 28, 2018 – Inspiring, comprehensive and profoundly relevant, Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) Roundtable 2018 was an excellent and empowering dialogue aptly moderated by SLI Founding Converner, Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak who is the Chairperson of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) held at USIM Board of Directors (LPU) Meeting Room early on Saturday morning. With inspirational sejahtera stories and deep intellectual discourse, a simple yet comprehensive Roundtable format and the congruent perspectives of eminent scholars, peace consultants, practitioners and brilliance young graduates, namely

1. Professor Dr. C.H. Raymond Ooi, FASc – Universiti Malaya
2. Professor Dr. Nadarajah Nanickam (Nat) – Xavier University Bhubaneswar, India
3. Associate Prof Dr. Cordelia Mason – Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL)
4. Associate Prof Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib – USIM
5. Consultant Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala – Arpitha Associates India, Malaysia & Singapore
6. Archaeologist Dr. Nasha Rodziadi Khaw – Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang
7. Consultant Sushil Shriwastwa – Arth Franchise & Peace infotech, India
8. PhD Student Asilatul Hanaa Abdulllah – International Islamic University Malaysia
9. Mifzal Obed bin Zainal Fithri – UniKL Biz Sch Grad undergoing GET Program @ PNB
10. Nurul Najwa Arifin -do-
11. Dr. Haji Zulkifly Baharom – SLI & World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises

The matters interestingly deliberated during this Roundtable were as follows:-

i) Adapting present challenges facing the nurturing of people’s initiatives and movements
ii) Strengthening civil society working with the new government and other pillars of democracy
iii) Address Sejahtera Leadership issues facing Malaysia during transition period and the future
iv) Revived the Sejahtera culture, values and raise it to popular level that can guide civil society
v) Actively nurtured Sejahtera across civil society initiatives for humane balanced co-existence
vi) Build a community of champions & ambassadors for SLI platform for peace, sustainability and compassion
vii) Cultivating the sense of correcttedness and living in harmony with natural ecosystem
viii) Recommended to the government to provide facilities and organizing activities that promote mental health.

The highlight of this Roundtable was the full endorsement of two proposals on ‘Sejahtera Leadership: An Educational Incubator and Multiplier Project’ and ‘Sejahtera Leadership Initiative Platform: A Movement for Peace, Sustainability and Compassion’. In today’s global well-being economy, influenced by ever-advancing technology, the constant for every leader and every organization is change. Sejahtera Leadership as an opportunity, which means that managing change well is an imperative for success.

Professor Tan Sri Dzul said, “I believe that learning is the heart of any successful change initiative. No other functional area affects engagement and performance, elevates a brand, or creates a sustainable competitive advantage more. Learning is really essential to human and organizational performance. Sejahtera Learning in organizations has the ability to produce better leaders at every level. This idea of sejahtera leaders who learn is vital in a dynamic environment that demands change faster than ever before.

“Many change initiatives fail to realize their potential benefits. In addressing this, each of us has a choice to make – am I part of the problem or part of the solution. Choosing the latter path may seem disconcerting, but SLI scholars, champions and volunteers with their respective expertise are there to guide every step of the way to the realities for sejahtera. We live in an ocean not a pond.”

It was resolved that what needs to be done in soliciting fund and sponsorship to produce Sejahtera 2.0 brochures, postcards and videos. This project should coincide with ‘Kg Baru Conference’ scheduled August 15 at Oasis Discovery Centre (ODC) in the Oasis Village. In this context, SLI Team and Puan Sri Masrah Abidin visited ODC for an organized tour of the conference facilities and had discussions with Al Jazzura, Chief Politician Officer of POPCON who represented ODC host, Zulkifli Hamzah, owner of LIfescape.

Prepared by :
Dr. Zulkifly Baharom
CEO Sejahtera Leadership Initiative