Strengthen racial bonds


  • Education
  • Sunday, 23 Feb 2003

BY KAREN CHAPMAN

STUDENTS of different races, religions and cultures in both public and private institutions of higher learning should strengthen their relationships for the country’s continued peace and prosperity, Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad said. 

He urged students to follow the example set by Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj whom he called the country’s founder of racial harmony. 

“In his effort to build the nation after Independence, Tunku used racial harmony as the basis for development. Although he has been gone over for over 12 years, we should not forget his struggles,” Musa said in his speech at the recent opening of a one-day forum and exhibition on the struggles and achievement of the Tunku at Universiti Teknologi Mara. 

Musa said the people must not take racial unity in the country for granted. 

“Tunku’s aim was to have racial harmony among the main races – Malay, Chinese, Indian and others – and this agenda must be continued,” he said. 

He said the country’s youth who are the leaders of tomorrow must learn from experience as racial disintegration and misunderstanding can erupt if racial unity and harmony are not nurtured. 

Musa later attended a forum on Tunku.  

The panellists were Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin, former foreign minister Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie, historian Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim and Biro Tatanegara director-general Datuk Dr Nordin Kardi.

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