PUTRAJAYA: Members of Parliament from both sides of the political divide are standing together to support the student-driven #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign.The MPs include Nurul Izzah Anwar, Khairy Jamaluddin, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Tony Pua, Kasthuri Patto and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“We often think that strength is equated to our ability to talk down to others and silence them when real strength is about equally empowering and celebrating the strength of others,” said Nurul Izzah, who is Permatang Pauh MP.
She also called for other MPs to set a positive example in Parliament while the schools observe National Kindness Week.
“Grandstanding is so passe. If we start being more encouraging towards one another, then the government, including the opposition, can play their roles (properly).”
Nurul Izzah is one of the MPs who have pledged to support the campaign by participating in its Kindness Challenge, an interactive WhatsApp-based challenge which all Malaysians can take part in at bit.ly/stchallenge2019.
Meanwhile, Kasthuri also called on her colleagues in Parliament to spread kindness in their own constituencies.
“Malaysians, in general, are a kind lot and I like to believe that MPs, whether they’re from Pakatan or the opposition, would spread the message of kindness in their constituencies,” she said.
The #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign by R.AGE and SP Setia aims to empower students to create a culture of kindness in schools.
During the first week of April, schools across the country can register online to observe National Kindness Week and download free resources developed by the #StandTogether team, which includes partners like Unicef Malaysia, Digi, and International Medical University.
Khairy congratulated the students who are participating, calling it “timely” that young Malaysians are pushing the Kindness Revolution forward, and urged MPs to support the students’ efforts during the current extended Parliamentary meeting that continues into April, when Kindness Week begins.
“Whether we like it or not, people still look at elected representatives as some sort of a role model, so what kind of message are we sending young Malaysians when we behave badly in Parliament?
“Look, I am guilty of having said some nasty things. All of us are. But we should try to observe a respectable amount of decorum as politicians,” he added.
The #StandTogether National Kindness Week takes place on the first week of every April, during which students and schools nationwide organise Kindness Projects, many funded by SP Setia.
Submissions for the funding of Kindness Projects can be made online at bit.ly/stcompetition. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 19.