PETALING JAYA: Two state governments will be joining the “kindness revolution” alongside schools in the inaugural National Kindness Week this April.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron have called on the people of their respective states to observe the first week of April as a week to foster kindness.
“Schools are a great place to kickstart this (National Kindness Week) campaign, but it can’t just be contained there – all levels of society have to be involved,” said Dr Zambry during a visit to SMK St Michael’s yesterday to announce his support.
“I hope the people of Perak, no matter where you are now, can support the campaign and help promote these values of kindness and love.”
Dr Zambry, whose father was a fisherman in Pangkor, said he experienced violence in school himself.
“I was once surrounded by over 40 people, so it was a very physical type of bullying.
“I wasn’t badly hurt, but it took some time to get over the emotional trauma, and I have to thank my teachers at SMK Pangkor for helping me through it,” he added.
Idris called on Melakans to look to their history and heritage to draw inspiration ahead of National Kindness Week.
“Kindness and looking for commonalities have long been in our history when our cultures mingled and merged, so there should be no place in Melaka for bullying of any sort.
“If you are no longer in school, it doesn’t mean you can’t do something kind for someone in need this Kindness Week. It’s kindness, it’s supposed to come from inside, not from an order,” said Idris.
The National Kindness Week was mooted by R.AGE and property developer SP Setia as part of their #StandTogether campaign, which aims to end bullying in schools by creating a culture of kindness.
Schools are encouraged to take part in the National Kindness Week by registering themselves at www.standtogether.my/register, and downloading the free Kindness Week programme.
The programme was developed by the #StandTogether Committee, which includes volunteers from R.AGE, SP Setia, Unicef Malaysia, Digi, Teach For Malaysia, 100% Project, and Study Hub Asia, as well as psychologist Dr Goh Chee Leong from HELP University.
Over 150 schools across the country have signed up to implement the programme during the school week of April 2-6.
To participate in the #StandTogether National Kindness Week, go to www.standtogether.my, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.