Cynthia Gabriel speaking at IMLC 2018


Day 2 of IMLC 2018 (15 August 2018) 
Taming Sari 1, 2 & 3, The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

Hard Talk | Civil Society Speaks

Civil society in Malaysia is under constant pressure — including from challenges of strategic engagement; restrictions on the freedom to respond critically and constructively to issues that are part of their vision and mission; obstacles that may arise from regulation, government interference, and detractors; and funding issues. Such organisations often work on public interest issues of concern that have an impact on us as a society, and they also support marginalised communities. Where lies the balance between the need for these organisations and the roles they play, and the criticism, constraints or even penalties such organisations face, from the State or other actors? Gain access to the thinking behind what it takes to function as an effective civil society group; the key challenges faced by these organisations and the efforts to overcome them; and their views on how the Government can aid them through greater engagement, discourse and support.


  1. Cynthia Gabriel, Director, Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (“C4”) 
  2. Dr Colin Nicholas, Coordinator, Center for Orang Asli Concerns (“COAC”)
  3. 3. Shahrul Aman Mohamad Saari, Acting Chairperson, BERSIH 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections)
  4. Sumitra Visvanathan, Executive Director, Women’s Aid Organisation (“WAO”)
  5. Rozana Isa, Executive Director, Sisters in Islam (“SIS”)

Moderator: Dato’ Dr Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, President, National Human Rights Society (“HAKAM”); Messrs G.S. Nijar


The biennial International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”), the flagship event of the Malaysian Bar, will be held from 14–17 August 2018 at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur. IMLC 2018's theme is “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate”, which spotlights innovations that can and will impact the legal community, and the need to embrace and integrate these innovations seamlessly.  Emulating innovative trailblazers can make all the difference between merely surviving, and truly excelling, in the legal profession. The detailed conference programme can be found here