UKEC’s Projek Amanat Negara (PAN) held on 29 January 2012 featured the first public debate between UMNO Youth Chief, YB Khairy Jamaluddin, and PKR Director of Strategies, Rafizi Ramli. Taking on a Presidential-style format, the session “Public Policy: Vision 2020 — Is Malaysia Moving Towards the Right Direction?” was civil and diplomatic as the two renowned as passionate voices for their party’s causes squared off. They spoke and in several instances agreed on many issues ranging from Vision 2020, party policies, and race relations, to the rights of students to participate in politics, media access and freedom of assembly.

Projek Amanat Negara (PAN) is an annual initiative — this year in its 9th instalment — that serves as a platform for intellectual discourse between leading figures of the political, social and economic fields and Malaysian students. Examining various key issues relevant to the governance, development and holistic progress of our country, it has been hugely successful in previous years, even providing the impetus to organise the Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit (MSLS) in Kuala Lumpur annually. This year’s conference hosted the likes of Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, YB Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Pang KheeTeik (Seksualiti Merdeka), Karim Raslan, and Zainah Anwar (co-founder of Sisters in Islam) among several others