School subject poser

Halimah (centre) speaks to reporters while her deputy minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (right) and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department cum Semariang assemblywoman Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali (left) look on.

KUCHING: The National Unity Ministry is currently in discussion to reintroduce Rukun Negara as a subject into the country’s education system.

Its minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said they were discussing the matter with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

“This is something we are discussing, but it cannot be done quickly.

“Because we see that Rukun Negara is important and can be re-introduced into the education system, starting from early childhood education (kindergarten), primary school, secondary school to university level,” she said when met during a ‘Jom Ronda’ voluntary patrol (SRS) programme at Kampung Semariang Batu here on Friday night.

She pointed out that the MoE have already created Rukun Negara clubs in all primary and secondary schools, including a Rukun Negara Secretariat at the public institutions of higher learning (IPTAs).

Currently, there are some 6,000 Rukun Negara clubs in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

She said the ministry would ensure that these clubs could implement programmes related to Rukun Negara for students.

Halimah stressed that the matter would be further discussed with MoE, MoHE and parties involved.