KUALA LUMPUR: The spirit of neighbourliness will ensure that the people live harmoniously with each other, National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman said.
“Our country has progressed at a fast pace and this has allowed Malaysians to benefit from economic successes and enjoy modern lifestyles.
“However, it is vital to promote neighbourliness to maintain unity among the different races,” she said at a press conference after the launching of the “Know Thy Neighbour” campaign at Taman Alam Damai in Cheras and the opening of a Rukun Tetangga (RT) sector yesterday.
Also present was RT sector chairman Shamsul Najmi Shamsudin and Federal Territory National Unity Department director James Wong Ka Min.
Dr Siti Zaharah said with rural-urban migration, the trend showed that positive values like neighbourliness were diminishing among those who had moved to towns and cities in search of jobs.
She said to instil positive values, residents in housing areas could be involved in the formation of RT sectors where people in the same neighbourhood could gather and take part in healthy activities.
“Malaysia has world-class infrastructure, but it must be supported by world-class practice of positive values,” she said, adding that the youth should also be encouraged to interact with each other within the communities in the neighbourhood.
She said neighbours were “assets” who could provide assistance when the need arises.
She said they could help to ensure security within the housing areas by taking part in patrolling as part of crime prevention measures.