PUTRAJAYA: Those in creative fields should cooperate with the Government to instil humanitarian values in their works and to mould a society that is in line with the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) vision, says the Prime Minister.
Conceding that there was a vacuum in Malaysian society today on the issue of identity and race, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this (vacuum) made the process of nationhood not yet firm and strong.
“We have a social problem. In the last day or two, we heard about gangsterism and bullying which became the focus of society.
“As such, I hope you will play your respective roles to instil noble humanitarian values in our society,” he said at a breaking of fast event at Seri Perdana yesterday.
Over 2,000 guests comprising literary figures, humanists, writers, cartoonists and artistes attended the event, which was held for the first time with the Prime Minister.
His wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was also present.
Referring to the tragic deaths of T. Nhaveen, 18, and Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia cadet Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, Najib said the Government wanted to develop not only the country’s infrastructure but also the society’s moral values.
“This message can be embedded in works of artistes. This teamwork between the Government and you (artistes) can cultivate a society in line with TN50,” he said.
Najib also handed out sponsored umrah packages for 25 people from among authors, artistes, creative activists and broadcasters.
“This is a sign of our sensitivity and proof the Government views seriously the welfare of the arts and creative people,” he said.
He also spoke about considering a request that 1Malaysia People’s Housing (PR1MA) units be allocated to arts activists.
“This is the Government’s pro-active effort to help those who are needy, other than appreciating their deeds and sacrifices to society, religion and country,” he said.
Based on the outcome of the TN50 discourse with the group on May 17, Najib said the Government, through the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry, had agreed to create a special quota for arts activists to get housing benefits via the People’s Housing Programme in Simpang Dua and Kepong, Selangor. — Bernama