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Calls for New Discourse on National Unity

Kuala Lumpur, 16 September 2015 – Twenty young Malaysians have signed a declaration pledging to strengthen the state of national unity in our nation. The IDEAS National Unity Youth Fellows believe that this is an appropriate time to reopen the discussion on the levels of cohesion in our society and its impact on our progress as a nation given recent events involving racial and religious matters.

This declaration was signed by the Fellows and officiated by YAM Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh bin Tengku MohdHamzah at the National Unity Conference. The conference entitled “Nation-Building, Unity and the Malaysian Dream: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” was held at Institut Integriti Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Organized by the Fellows alongside the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, the conference aimed at raising awareness and encouraging discourse on the topic of national unity.

The declaration calls for a reaffirmation of our national identity, better governance and the preservation of civil liberties. The Fellows have pledged to conduct activities that advocate for greater national unity, constitutional literacy as well as responsible media consumption and media literacy. In addition to that, the Fellows will support in solidarity and materially, initiatives and movements that seek to enhance national unity moving forward.

Please download the FAQ and the text of the declaration below

  1. FAQs
  2. Declaration by the National Unity Youth Fellows

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About National Unity Youth Fellowship

The National Unity Youth Fellowship is a new initiative that is aimed at producing quality leadership amongst promising young Malaysians. This program stresses critical and strategic thinking, and aims at providing the right set of leadership skills, combined with a theoretical framework of unity and other public policies that contribute to national unity, coupled with community engagement sessions and numerous opportunities for rich discussion amongst the fellows themselves and with invited guests, and leaders of Malaysian society from various backgrounds.

Media enquiries:

1) Calvin Woo, NUYF Fellow : calvin_3woo@yahoo.com

2) Tricia Yeoh,COO of IDEAS: tricia@ideas.org.my

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