TAKING a cue from the global branding of Festival of Ideas, which has seen similar events successfully held in Bristol (Bristol Festival of Ideas) and York (York Festival of Ideas) in the United Kingdom – many of those are city or institutional based. To the best of our knowledge, there is none yet organised anywhere in the world a festival that engages statewide participation.

Great success usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. It is never achieved by doing something with the attitude of “Let’s get it done and over with” or doing something because you are instructed to do so.

Also, we need great ideas for progress. Any great thing that happens, is often triggered by an idea.

There is a saying that in order for change to happen you must first be the change that you want to see happen. Through Institut Darul Ridzuan, we ploughed through in great lengths to bring great minds, innovative ideas and creative solutions to the State.

My dream is to turn Perak into a State of Distinction, an unrivalled state in terms of development and well-being, because I really believe Perak can outdo its past glory and be GREATER than it ever was.

Pangkor Dialogue is a move to elevate the state to a new plateau of development, one that is prosperous, happy and inclusive, where we chart our own course and be a model for the country and the region.

This requires a paradigm shift in the minds of the people who are the frontrunners of Perak’s development before they can navigate change towards the making of the future.

This is done in order to help the frontrunners of the State like the government agencies, GLCs, and community leaders to be the change we want to see happen.

Because change must first start from within before it can make lasting difference.

Whether we like it or not, there are walls around each of the frontrunner, between one government agencies with another, between one GLCs and another right down to departmental levels. These walls are preventing us from working together. We must do away with this rivalry because we are all on the same team. We should all be putting aside our self-interests and start to increase our collaboration with one another in a more efficient manner.


We live in the age of collaboration where those who collaborate with their competitors win. A great example is the biggest online bookstore Amazon.com which operates on competitor, cooperation-driven business model. With that model they managed to use resources most effectively and emerge the biggest retailer in the world.

And so, I call for everyone to come together to contribute ideas, to work towards a common goal, to collaborate and harness the strength of our diverse background, faith and knowledge.

In the long run, I hope that unlocking people’s intelligent and creative ideas, will become a culture embraced and celebrated by all which will be the thrust for Perak to become a developed and knowledge-based state.

An excerpt from the speech delivered by YAB Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir during the soft-launching of Perak Festival of Ideas 2017.