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We are pleased to inform you about our latest initiative – Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency’s (GIAT) seminar and exhibition on Open Government Partnership. This programme is jointly organised by members of GIAT: Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Transparency International Malaysia (TI-Malaysia), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Sinar Project, Citizen’s Network for a Better Malaysia (CNBM) and Friends of Kota Damansara. The seminar and exhibition aim to promote the discourse on the strengths and weaknesses of the current open data initiatives by the Malaysian government and the potential benefits of open data for improving good governance, civic engagement and economic growth.

This event will feature speakers such as Her Excellency Victoria Treadell (High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Malaysia), YB Senator Datuk Paul Low (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) and representatives from Open Data Lab Jakarta,, Big Data Malaysia, Google Asia Pacific, GrabTaxi and members of the GIAT coalition.

Open data has been on a progressive global trend in the past five years and foreign governments have increasingly recognise the much-needed benefits of open data for improving transparency and accountability. For instance, the United Kingdom was regarded by the Open Data Barometer as the pioneer in this field, witnessing an emergence of a plethora of tech-businesses that source 70% of information from government open data.

However, in spite of the obvious benefits, Malaysia still falls far behind. The Open Data Barometer suggests that Malaysia’s initiative is still one-sided, with the government releasing certain data which are not followed by its effective use by both businesses and civil society.

Hence, this seminar and exhibition seek to showcase the use of open data by Malaysian non-governmental organisations involved in GIAT in order to enhance economic growth, good governance and civic engagement.

The details of the programme are as follows:

Date : Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Time : 9.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.

Location : The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Given your personal experience and success in your respective field, it is my sincere hope that you will be able attend our exciting event on open data and its use for good governance, civic engagement and economic growth.

I would appreciate it if you could confirm your attendance by Wednesday, 12 August 2015 by replying to Yohannan Nair at

Note that this is a by-invite only event. We will be reserving 10 seats for members of the public. Kindly note that seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To RSVP, please contact Yohannan Nair at For enquiries, please contact Shaza Onn at or call 03-62018896

Agenda for OGP Seminar on Open Data for Good Governance, Civic Engagement & Economic Growth







Refreshments will be served. Participants are free to view the exhibitions by GIAT members



Opening Remarks


Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

YB Datuk Paul Low,  Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department


Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Malaysia



Session 1: What is Open Data and How Can it be Used?

Moderator:   Dr Loi Kheng Min, Deputy President of Transparency International Malaysia


Open Data and its Promotion of OGP Values of Transparency, Accountability, and Civic Participation

by Michael Canares, Regional Research Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta


Michael will speak about open data and its potential for positive change from improving the quality of public service to increasing collaboration between government, civil society and businesses.


How Open Data Spurred Innovation & Increased Government Accountability in the United Kingdom

by Antonio Acuna, Head of


Antonio will relay his experience in establishing and how the data has been used to generate business, improve communication between government and the public as well as increase civic engagement.


Malaysia’s Open Data Project

by YBhg. Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)


YBhg. Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood will discuss Malaysia’s current initiatives on open data efforts via and the government’s plans for further improvements.


Questions and Answers


Session 2: Panel Discussion onOpen Data for Good Governance and Civic Engagement in Malaysia

Moderator: Jeffrey Phang, Chairman, Friends of Kota Damansara

Khairil Yusof, Co-Founder of Sinar Project, will speak on how open data can be improved and be better utilized in Malaysia by members of civil society.

Cynthia Gabriel, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism, will speak about the importance of open data at a local council level




 Session 3: Panel Discussion on Open Data and Economic Growth and Benefits to Business

Moderator: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive Officer of IDEAS

 Sandra Hanchard, Co-founder of Big Data Malaysia will discuss the current interest in big data and what types of companies use open data for their business.
Lih Shiun Goh, Country Lead, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Asia Pacific will reflect on how organisations benefit from open data and how they can develop innovative solutions.

Deevya Desai, Regional Head of Policy and Research of GrabTaxi will relay a personal account on how GrabTaxi grew as a start-up using data available to them.


Reflections and closing

Led by Representatives from GIAT


End of Session Networking and Refreshments. Participants may visit exhibition booths where members of the GIAT coalition will showcase their projects on   transparency.



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