VOLUNTEER activities centred on racial unity will be held at each parliamentary constituency in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Volunteer For Kuala Lumpur (V4KL)@Unity programme.
V4KL@Unity director Gulam Muszaffar Gulam Mustakim, who is also Batu Umno Youth chief, said there would be four to five events for each area.
“The new element in this programme is unity among Malaysians and we will work together with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and other government agencies to come up with activities that centre on unity and youth involvement.
“We do not want this programme to solely focus on volunteerism.
“It should also be a platform for youths of different backgrounds and religions to mingle with each other,” he said.
V4KL@Unity is rebranded from V4KL, an initiative to improve the image of the city as Kuala Lumpur hosts the 29th SEA Games from Aug 19 to 30.
During the programme’s launch at Madrasathul Gouthiyyah in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, some 500 youngsters displayed a spirit of voluteerism and racial unity as they went about the task of beautifying the area, which included repainting the road kerb along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad and the perimeter walls of selected buildings.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who launched the programme, went on a walkabout that included the Shri Sivan Aalayam and San Jiao Tang temples.
“We chose Brickfields for the launch because of its unique location, as this is a religious tourist trail where you see Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples and churches,” he said.
“Following the success of V4KL, the V4KL@Unity will become a platform for volunteers of different races to foster a tighter bond and greater unity,” he added.
Volunteers who were hard at work from 3.30pm, later broke fast together.
Also present at the event were Federal Territories MCA Youth chief Tan Kok Eng, Kepong Gerakan Parliamentary coordinator Ong Siang Liang, and DBKL executive director (Planning) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd.