‘Celebrate National Day responsibly’

Onn (third from left) launching the Johor Unity Ambassa­dors in Kota Iskandar. Looking on is Ling (fourth from left).

THE public has been urged to continue adhering to Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) during the National Day celebration this month, to prevent the disease from spreading.

Johor health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said, “The SOP for National Day is the same as the previous one and attendees may opt to wear their face masks when they are in open spaces.

“We would like to remind the people to practise physical distancing as a precaution against the Covid-19 virus.

“We also urge them to continue maintaining good hygiene.”

Ling, who said this after the launch of Johor Unity Ambassadors at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar, highlighted that youths aged between 18 and 25 had been appointed as Unity Ambassadors for the state.

“We have appointed 200 youths from public and private learning institutions, as well as non-governmental organisations.

“They were given training, including how to spread the spirit of togetherness and resolving conflicts within communities.

“They will be sent to engage with communities and carry out programmes.

“We want them to be an ‘influencer’ to their peers,” he added.

Ling said Johor was the first state to carry out such an initiative, which is fully funded by the state government.

“We will re-evaluate the effectiveness of this initiative.

“If it is proven to be beneficial, we plan to continue conducting it for at least another five years, whereby 200 Unity Ambassadors will be appointed each year,” he added.

The programme was launched by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and attended by several state executive councillors.

Meanwhile, in a statement on Facebook, Onn Hafiz said he was confident that the ambassadors would strengthen the spirit of unity among races through the programme.

“I urge youths, especially the Unity Ambassadors, to go down to the ground.

“Make sure your friends also take part to boost the state’s development.

“Work with the state government and give constructive suggestions for the future of youths,” he said.

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