Fatimah speaks to the press on the State Unity Action Committee. Looking on are Rosey (second left) and Rose Jonathan (right).

KUCHING: A State Unity Action Committee (JKTPN) will be formed to discuss issues concerning unity and implement programmes to ensure unity is further preserved in Sarawak.

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, who chaired the committee, said it is an important platform to promote unity among the multi-racial society.

The committee will comprise representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private sector, and individuals with expertise and experience in the field of unity and harmony.

“The committee will discuss what are the state’s strength and weaknesses using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis.

“In Sarawak, with its multi-racial society, the people are known for their kindness, friendliness, being helpful and respectful. These strengths contribute to the solidarity, unity and harmony of our state.

“But, we also have to look at what are the challenges and any possible threats. If there is anything that is very racial in nature, we must identify it immediately and that is where the committee comes in to discuss and solve the issue,” she said.

Fatimah said this in a press conference after receiving a courtesy call from representative of the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) Sarawak at her office on Friday.

“Unity is very important. It is the basic foundation of any state or country. Without unity, there will be problems especially in Sarawak and in Malaysia where there are people of different races and religion,” she said.

She noted that Sarawak had always been known as a model state for its unity, but the people must not be complacent.

“What we must do is to make sure that the unity and harmony we are enjoying now must be preserved for the present and future generations,” she stressed.

Fatimah added that the good values such as unity, understanding, and mutual respect must be inculcated from a very young age so that when a child grows up, he or she would acquire these values.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus and JPNIN Sarawak’s head of Neighbourhood Community Relations Unit Rose Jonathan.