Preserve, nurture harmony to be passed on to next generation, urges National Unity Minister

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 May 2024

JOHOR BARU: Harmony must be preserved, nurtured, and instilled in oneself to be passed on to the next generation, says Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang.

The National Unity Minister emphasised that unity should be a way of life and practice for everyone, serving as the main foundation to strengthen all Malaysians and foster a strong national identity.

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"We must all remember that each of us is responsible and plays a role in preserving harmony, sovereignty, peace, and security in our country.

"I hope that everyone can embrace the principles of understanding and acceptance in fostering harmony and diversity within Malaysian society,” he said in his speech at the national-level Unity Week (SMP) 2024 event at Dataran Angsana Johor Baru Mall on Saturday (May 25) night.

The event was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Also present was Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.

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Aaron stated that the National Unity Ministry will continue its efforts and initiatives to strengthen national unity by focusing this year on mobilising the Rukun Tetangga (RT) Initiative as a driver of progressive communities.

He mentioned that currently, more than 300 RTs implement economic activities that include agricultural projects (community gardens), food, beverage and health product production, handicrafts, catering services, and Community-Based Tourism (CBT).

"In Phase One, 116 RTs across the country have been identified to serve as models for Progressive RTs. These Progressive RTs are expected to excel in community service and societal work through eight focus areas, including the economy and livelihoods, community security and resilience, leadership, community well-being, lifelong learning, environment, heritage and culture, and creativity.

"In this regard, I request the Prime Minister's goodwill to consider special allocations through the Madani Community Fund for the empowerment and economic projects of Rukun Tetangga,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Onn Hafiz highlighted that the aspect of unity is always emphasised among the people in the state, known as "Bangsa Johor".

"The concept of Bangsa Johor has been etched since 1920 by the late Sultan Sir Ibrahim, who wanted Johor to have a united multiracial society.

"This is to develop this beloved state, and the spirit of unity has emerged and is present in the state of Johor to this day,” he said. - Bernama

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