State govt planning to re-implement Student Integration Plan for Unity – Fatimah POSTED ON FEBRUARY 16, 2021, TUESDAY AT 12:02 AM
Posted on : 16 Feb 2021  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is planning to re-implement Student Integration Plan for Unity (Rancangan Integrasi Murid Untuk Perpaduan/RIMUP), said Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

The Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development said the programme had been implemented in the past but was discontinued recently by the Education Ministry.

During a press conference yesterday, Fatimah said the programme was good and wholesome, effective in cultivating unity and solidarity among the multi-facetted community in Sarawak, from very young ages.

Because of that, she said the Sarawak government was planning to revive and implement it in schools in the state with its own allocation.

“Hopefully it (unity and solidarity) will continue to thrive in our children until their adulthood. This will be important for their character development and would make them more understanding of the diversity in Malaysia, and they would be able to live in peace and harmony in a multiracial, multi-religious and multicultural community here,” said Fatimah.

In relation to that, she said she welcomed the National Unity Policy announced yesterday by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to ensure that Malaysia would remain a strong nation with unity at its core.

Fatimah said Sarawak also submitted its proposal for the National Unity Blueprint 2021-2030 which emphasised on inclusiveness in policy making.

“We have not seen the details (of the blueprint) yet, but we emphasised on inclusiveness. We must make sure our policies are inclusive in nature and take into account everyone’s opinion so that no groups would be marginalised.

Earlier, Muhyiddin said the policy based on the concept ‘Unity in Diversity’ outlines continuous efforts to nurture, strengthen and preserve the unity of the people.

The three main objectives of the National Unity Policy were to strengthen unity and national integration based on the Federal Constitution and the Rukun Negara (National Philosophy); form a national identity with character, patriotism, the attitude of caring, tolerance, mutual respect and responsibility as well as producing Malaysians who appreciate and foster unity.

“The government is very aware of the fact that unity is the pillar of the nation’s progress. Unity in diversity based on this integration model is what we wish for the people of Malaysia.

“This is because, based on history, we Malaysians have accepted the fact the society in this country is multiracial and of various religions and cultures,” he said during the virtual launching of the National Unity Policy and National Unity Blueprint 2021-2030 via the National Unity Ministry’s Facebook.