Racial unity among youths can be improved


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Racial unity among  Malaysian youths today can be improved, said Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Youth and Sports Minister said racial polarisation is still quite apparent among youngsters, especially in schools and activities.

“The situation can be improved. The racial polarisation is still very obvious. As the Youth Minister, I can see that young Malaysians do not have enough meeting points which enable them to have more shared experiences,” said Khairy.

He said that this has been discussed heavily at the National Transformation 2050 dialogues.

“With all the constraints we face, we have to think of ways to increase the meeting points. It is not easy," added Khairy.

Khairy was asked to comment on the current state of racial unity among Malaysian youths at a press conference after the launch of a new patriotic song entitled "Bumi Tercinta".

"Bumi Tercinta"  is produced by the non-profit organisation Aman Malaysia.

Launched in conjunction with the Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day celebrations as well as the Negaraku campaign, ‘Bumi Tercinta’ is composed by Aubrey Suwito and its lyrics are penned by Ad Samad.

The song features a stellar lineup of singers, including Jaclyn Victor, Azlan from Azlan and the Typewriter, Dayang Nurfaizah and Talitha Tan.

On patriotic songs, Khairy said that more organisations should produce patriotic songs that can help spur Malaysians to express their love for the country.

“We have grown up listening to so many patriotic songs on the radio and television, that to this day, reminds you of your younger days.

“Patriotic songs become a part of your life as a Malaysian, and yet it is never done in a way where it becomes propaganda, like in other countries. You will find that many Malaysians who sing patriotic songs at events do so out of their own will,” said Khairy.

 

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