Reinforced early education for vital unifying factor

Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: To ensure the success of the National Unity Policy launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday, numerous aspects need to be looked into including early education and learning reinforcement.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said children must be taught about diversity from a young age, allowing them to understand the plural nature of the Malaysian society.

“Malaysians must be taught at a young age to respect and accept that no one race or religion is bigger or better than the others and that Malaysians must learn to live with and accept this,” he said when contacted today.

In addition, he opined that the National Unity Policy must go hand in hand with laws and enforcement to ensure that it is not breached.

“The judiciary must also play their part to ensure those that breach or break these National Unity laws are being given due punishment as a deterrent to others,” he said.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said any policy which had the objective of building and creating unity among multi-ethnic Malaysians should be applauded.

“Malaysia is made up of so many racial and religious groups that a small dispute could lead to a big confrontation.

“That is why efforts must be done to build up tolerance, respect, and understanding among the races if we want to see a harmonious Malaysia,” said Abdul Karim.