Move from tolerance to genuine acceptance, says Dr Wee on interracial harmony


PETALING JAYA: A move from racial tolerance to genuine appreciation and acceptance of differences must be advocated by leaders in order to build a more inclusive and harmonious society, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The MCA president said that while racial tolerance may prevent overt conflicts, it falls short of addressing underlying biases, stereotypes and inequalities that persist in society.

"Only by embracing our diverse cultures, promoting understanding, empathy, and collaboration can we challenge stereotypes, foster unity and create inclusive spaces where diversity is celebrated and valued," said Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Thursday (May 23).

He said that he had presented a speech titled the “Inclusive Leadership: Ways to Create Cultures That Embrace Differences” session at the Asian Leadership Conference currently going on in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr Wee then added that he shared the stage with leadership educator and social entrepreneur Junko Yoda, Harvard University graduate Stéfano Zordan and investment professional Ashish Goyal.

In an earlier post, Dr Wee said that he had been joined by another MCA leader at the Conference.

"I am proud to see Labis MCA division chairman and former vice-president Chua Tee Yong at the conference which I am currently attending," said Dr Wee.

"Chua was a former deputy minister in the Finance Ministry and International Trade and Industry Ministry. He has transitioned into the corporate sector in recent years," he added.

Dr Wee then said that Chua has transitioned by guiding various companies towards adopting sustainable business practices and addressing environmental, social and governance challenges.

He then said in the earlier Facebook post that Chua delivered a speech on "ESG Leadership: How can purpose-driven businesses uplift the world" at the Conference.

The MCA president said a total of five speakers from Malaysia have been invited to speak at the conference, which includes Tee and himself, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Khairy Jamaluddin and Media Prima chief executive officer Nini Yusof.

"Dr Mahathir was unable to attend the conference physically so his session was conducted online on Wednesday (May 22). Both Tee and I are honoured to represent not just the party but also the country at the international arena," added Dr Wee.

Meanwhile, Dr Wee also met with Thai businessman and former politician Pita Limjaroenrat. The pair discussed political struggles when facing future challenges.

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