The launch of the Social Entrepreneurs’ Network
(SeNet) on the 6th of September was a roaring success
with more than 200 professionals attending the function.
Amongst the guests were Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu,
Minister of Works, Dato’ S. Subramaniam, Dato’
S. Veerasingam, and Dato’ G. Palanivel. Also
present, were a group of invited guests which includes
Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Dato’ Cyrus Dass,
Prof. C.P. Ramachandran, Dato Dr. Thambirajah, Dato’
Dr. Veeraramany, Mr. P.O. Thomas and Mr. Pardeep Kumar.
The first part of the evening was a structured programme
which began with an address from Dato’ Seri
followed by the launch of the official SeNet website
which is at www.senet.com.my. This website hopes to
link all SeNet members as well as to provide an avenue
for online discussions, sharing of material, networking,
and profiles of members as well as the target groups.
Ms. Siaw Mei Li gave a short summary on some of the
community needs and the target neighbourhoods of the
SeNet. We have selected 12 neighbourhoods in the Klang
Valley to pinpoint for now: 6 of which are in Selangor,
namely Rumah Panjang Rawang, Lembah Subang, Taman
Sentosa, Flat Desa Mentari, Rumah Panjang KTM and
Semenyih and 6 of are in Kuala Lumpur: Jinjang Utara,
Jinjang Selatan, PPR Sri Pantai, Sg. Bunos, Kg. Pasir
and Sri Terengganu.
Some of the common features of these neighbourhoods
are that they have multi-ethnic populations though
high-density of Indians, low education levels, high-risk
areas, low or no skilled working individuals, and
they are fragmented communities
There was then a series of six 5-minute presentations
on some proposed SeNet programmes. All the slides
from the presentations will be made available on the
SeNet website for the public. There were 3 student
based programmes presented by Ms. Reinu, Mr. Krishnamoorthy
and Ms. Malini. 2 presentations were on social support
programmes, one a mentorship programme by Mr. Lim
Cheng Soon and another a athletics programme by Mr.
Paneer. The final presentation was by Ms. Pushpa Ratnam
who is planning to initialize a legal assistance programme.
After the meeting, the guests adjourned to the next
room for a dinner cum discussion. An MIC leader and
a SeNet Moderator were placed at each table to encourage
ideas and discussions.
Guests seemed to be highly motivated and excited about
the whole idea. The only worry is sustaining this
excitement, and constant encouragement. There are
no monetary benefits, which is why we are targeting
the professionals from the middle class who are financially
secure and may feel convicted to giving something
back to the community.