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Vriens & Partners / MDBC: Between Reforms & Compromise

December 7, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Dear MDBC members,

Vriens & Partners, in collaboration with MDBC, the Danish Chamber of Commerce (DanCham) Malaysia, and the Malaysian – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are hosting a webinar on Malaysia’s recently appointed Cabinet with Nazhif Yusoff (Country Director – Malaysia, Vriens & Partners) and Shazwan Mustafa Kamal (Associate Director – Malaysia, Vriens & Partners’).

Date:  Wednesday, 7 December 
Time:  09:00 – 10:00 hrs
Platform: Zoom (TBC)
Please Note: Chatham House Rule Applies

Moderated by Vriens & Partners’ Founder and Managing Partner, Hans Vriens, the panel will discuss the unprecedented Cabinet formation of a ‘unity government’ in Malaysia and how the government will fair in
Malaysia’s battle against rising inflation and economic recession, political corruption and instability, as well as threats of disunity amongst community members.

* What are the present political dynamics in Malaysia’s unity government and how has it informed Anwar’s Cabinet formation?
* What do these appointments mean for Malaysia’s fight for good governance and reformation?
* Are there risks of another government collapse before the end of its 5 – year term or will this government bring in political stability to Malaysia?
* What are the policy inclinations and priorities of the new government? How will this affect the retabling of Budget 2023 and its allocations?
* What does a ‘unity government’ mean for trade and investments in Malaysia?


Nazhif Yusoff (Country Director – Malaysia, Vriens & Partners):
Nazhif Yusoff is Country Director at Vriens & Partners’ Kuala Lumpur office.  With the team, he consults for clients from various verticals such as technology, healthcare, transportation and tourism, helping them develop their government relations strategy.  Previously, Nazhif was with the trade and investment team at Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department.  At MPRC, he developed the agency’s database of export opportunities for Malaysian oil and gas services and equipment manufacturing companies. He also connected Malaysian oil and gas companies with opportunities in Southeast Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East through the organization of trade and specialized marketing missions. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C. and a Post – Graduate Diploma in Education (History) from the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM).


Shazwan Mustafa Kamal (Associate Director – Malaysia, Vriens & Partners):
Shazwan is an Associate Director at Vriens & Partners’ office in Kuala Lumpur and brings along 10 years of professional experience in the field of politics, journalism, and the media.  From 2014 to 2020, Shazwan worked for online news portal the Malay Mail as an assistant news editor and senior journalist. In this role, Shazwan directly oversaw the newsdesk’s day – to – day operations as well as its political analyses. He also led the news team in the coverage of important event like the 2018 general election, and spearheading story packages.  From 2009 to 2012, Shazwan worked as a journalist for the news portal The Malaysian Insider, where he extensively covered breaking political and economical stories.  Shazwan received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Monash University, and a Master’s in Diversity and the Media from the University of Westminster, UK. He was also a 2012 Chevening scholarship recipient.



Hans Vriens (Managing Partner – Singapore, Vriens & Partners):
Hans is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, the leading government affairs, public policy, and political risk analysis firm around Southeast Asia.  Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990. He is a regular commentator on regional issues.  Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide.  Prior to this he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. Earlier he practiced law in the M&A practice at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.

Hans serves on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of UWCSEA. He was a founding member of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance, Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWCSEA, board member of Eurocham, and founding chairman of DutchCham in SG.  Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University in the Netherlands. During his studies, he was a research assistant in European parliamentary history and public law. In 1982 he took a year off from his studies when he was elected Senatus Rector of the Student Union (VAP).  Hans studied at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He also did stints at the Universities of Grenoble in France, and Krakow in Poland.

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We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,
MDBC Secretariat


December 7, 2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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