PETALING JAYA: In the future, malls will not only be the place you head for to fill your tummy or go shopping. Under a new government initiative, it will also be the place where you forge unity.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy is aiming to collaborate with malls in an effort to promote unity among Malaysians.
The minister in charge of national unity and social well-being said malls were the meeting point for Malaysians from all racial backgrounds, adding that 70% of the people visited malls.
“We want to take this opportunity to collaborate with malls as part of the government’s effort to instil unity among the people, ” he told reporters after officiating National Unity Week at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya yesterday.
Waytha said the government planned to encourage malls to be its “unity partner”, adding that more programmes such as those involving cultures and local food would be organised.
“Maybe we can get other NGOs or cultural associations to have an exhibition to explain the cultural backgrounds of different races.
“That is among our proposals, ” he said.
Waytha noted that IOI City Mall was the first mall to collaborate with the government on the programme.
“We will contact all the main malls in Malaysia about taking part in this programme, ” he said.