Since the beginning of the 21st Century and the new Millennium, the world has become a much more turbulent and unsettled place. While facing not only economic and financial challenges, political changes seem to be the order of the day. As old forces and ideologies appear to be left behind in the last century, newer forms of power, albeit a much more nebulous one, have emerged to challenge the state and world systems.
The end of the Second World War had sparked off the long drawn and often bloody period of decolonisation. It would appear that the beginning of the second decade of the 21st Century, non state forces have been unleashed, assisted by various powers, to directly challenge the legitimacy of various regimes, namely in the Middle East, a region already infamous for being the epicentre of conflicts in the last Century.
The collapse of dictatorial and autocratic regimes have opened the Pandora box of inter- and intra-political and religious conflicts, thereby unleashing new fervour, with various groups claiming to represent the aggrieved parties. Transnational forces have emerged, thereby making every country and society no longer immune and isolated from such threats. The world has indeed become truly borderless. Such is the state of the world we live in today.
As countries like Malaysia, aspire to uplift themselves from the morass of underdevelopment and progress into the category of higher income economic nations, they are also faced with the need to meet the increasing demands of a much more politically aware public. Through the explosion of the often uncontrolled social media and the Internet world, the public is exposed to a whole array of information, with varying degrees of authenticity. Through such an effective medium, people everywhere are faced with the challenge of trying to cope with such a phenomenon. There is indeed a need for us to sift through the myriad of information overload so readily available.
In such a tumultuous period in the history of mankind and the world, and specifically in Malaysia, a few of us strongly believe that there is still a need to fill the lacuna that exists in the field of knowledge. In a world where access to information has become common place, it’s interpretation is becoming that much more critical. As it is often said, “information devoid of knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing”.
As such, an organisation, referred to as ICON is established. The name Icon is not derived from that common word, but rather it is a short form for the word, iconoclastic, which aptly summarises our raison d’être.