Pakatan Harapan Wins Historic Elections In Malaysia: Understanding the Implications

Shaun Sandu, Associate Director - Investigations and Disputes, Asia Pacific, Kroll; Munir Abdul Aziz, Deputy Managing Partner, Wong & Partners – a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International; Lee Hwok Aun, Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; Stanley Y.P. Tan, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown JSM; and Yu Leng Khor, Director, Segi Enam Advisors Pte Ltd

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : May 30, 2018

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

2018-05-30 11:45:00 2018-05-30 13:30:00 Asia/Singapore Malaysia’s Opposition Wins Historic Elections: Understanding the Implications - AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium AmCham Singapore

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Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by the Government & Regional Affairs Committee

Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (“PH”), led by Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (“Mahathir”), has won an unprecedented victory in Malaysia’s recent General Elections by securing enough seats in parliament to form the federal government. The United Malays National Organization (“UMNO”), the main party of the Barisan Nasional (“BN”) coalition, ruled Malaysia in an uninterrupted fashion since Malaysia’s independence in 1963. Over the decades, UMNO and its coalition parties have had a massive impact on the country’s political economy, for example crafting affirmative action policies favouring the majority ethnic Malay and Indigenous population and ‘state-led’ capitalism involving politically-connected businessmen and government-linked corporations (“GLCs”).

Join us for a panel presentation and discussion chaired by Kroll (a corporate investigations and risk consultancy which has operated in Malaysia for the last 20 years). We will analyse PH’s manifesto, power dynamics within PH, PH’s economic priorities, Malaysia’s changing economic relationships with foreign countries, the still important role of UMNO, and the implications for both foreign and local businesses in the short and medium term.

About the Panelists

Shaun Sandu
Associate Director - Investigations and Disputes, Asia Pacific

Shaun Sandu is an Associate Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the Singapore office. Kroll is a global corporate investigations and risk consulting firm which specializes in investigative due diligence, dispute advisory, litigation support, forensic investigations and security risk management. Kroll regularly advises clients across several sectors, including food and beverages, financial services, advertising, engineering, and extractives. In Malaysia, Shaun has assisted Kroll’s clients in conducting discreet investigations on potential investment targets, assessing the political exposure and connections of current partners, leading internal fraud investigations on behalf of foreign MNCs, and conducted bespoke research on Malaysia’s political economy. Prior to joining Kroll, Shaun worked at a global political risk consultancy where he focused on providing political risk assessments in Southeast Asia, and was part of a team that monitored environmental NGOs in Malaysia on behalf of a major multinational mining firm. Previously he worked as a researcher at a boutique defense industry consultancy in London. Shaun was born and raised in Singapore, and pursued his undergraduate degree in War Studies at King’s College London.

Munir Abdul Aziz
Deputy Managing Partner
Wong & Partners – a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Munir has been in practice since 1998 in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, capital markets work, venture capital and private equity, joint ventures and general commercial transactions. Munir has represented a number of corporations based in Malaysia, the US, Japan and Europe in takeovers, acquisitions, disposals of shares and assets of Malaysian and European companies. He has also worked on corporate reorganisations and de-mergers involving leading publicly listed Malaysian companies. He has also been involved in domestic and international securities transactions including bond offerings and IPOs. Munir has worked in the London and Melbourne offices of Baker McKenzie International. Munir has been recognised in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, publications which rank leading business lawyers globally. He is recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? in Corporate and M&A for 3 successive years (2010 - 2012) and Leading Individual for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017. He is ranked Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by IFLR1000 2011-2017, Leading Lawyer for Capital Markets by IFLR1000 2013-2017 and Leading Lawyer for Corporate, Equity Capital Markets and Private Equity by Asialaw Profiles 2016. Munir graduated with a first class degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 1996. He also holds a LLM degree from the University of Cambridge. He is admitted to practice as an Overseas Barrister in England & Wales and as an Advocate & Solicitor in Malaysia (since 1998) and in Singapore (since 2002). He is also a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.

Lee Hwok Aun
Senior Fellow
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Lee Hwok-Aun is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. He was previously Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, University of Malaya. He obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research and publications are empirical and policy-oriented, in the fields of affirmative action, discrimination, inequality, social protection, labour and education. His work remains focused on Malaysia, but also locates the country in comparative perspective, particularly with regard to South Africa and Southeast Asia. He contributes commentaries to the public sphere, and served as national consultant to the inaugural Malaysian Human Development Report.

Stanley Y.P. Tan
Senior Associate
Mayer Brown JSM

Stanley YP Tan is a senior associate in the corporate team of the Mayer Brown JSM's Singapore office. Stanley's core practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, private equity and investment fund transactions, joint ventures and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience advising clients on transactions across various jurisdictions, including in Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Hong Kong. Born in Alor Setar, Kedah, a northern state in Malaysia, Stanley received his primary and secondary education in Malaysia. He then pursued his undergraduate law degree at the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College) as a Malaysian Government scholar and Cambridge Royal Commonwealth Trust scholar. Stanley also holds a master degree in Chinese Law from the University of Hong Kong. He started his career in Hong Kong before relocating to Singapore.

Yu Leng Khor
Segi Enam Advisors Pte Ltd

Yu-Leng Khor is an Oxford University and LSE-trained political economist. Yu Leng grew up in Mahathir’s Malaysia and Suharto’s Indonesia.

Segi Enam Advisors Pte Ltd uses surveys and interviews to conduct market research and risk reviews projects for Fortune 500 companies. She started her career in the financial industry and shifted to the agribusiness sectors of cane sugar and palm oil, with a Southeast Asia focus. In recent years, she has worked as independent economist in palm oil, specializing in sustainable supply-chains and frontier markets. She was Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yushof Ishak Institute of Singapore in 2013, regional Research Head for agro-commodity economic consultant LMC International Ltd (2014-2017; advising Fortune 500 global brand names and plantation giants), and a lead economist on the 2017 palm oil sustainability report for the EU Commission. Her work as a political-economic risk consultant now also incorporates big data and geospatial analytics. Yu Leng has articles and book chapters published about smallholder socio-economics, rural voting behaviour, China and regional development. Her latest research interests include: (i) the politics of floods and fires in Penisular Malaysia and Sumatra, (ii) the policy and big data evolution of sustainable supply-chains, (iii) Sino-ASEAN deals and China offshoring trends ("
带一路 为东南亚; she is Research Associate, Institute of China Studies, University Malaya).

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