KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will be organising a webinar titled Shared History as the Foundation of Unity and Racial Cohesion via Zoom on Thursday (July 15).
The webinar will feature prominent speakers such as federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, and Unity Advisor in the Ministry of Unity Malaysia, Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin.
Other speakers include Senior Lecturer of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Dr Juna Liau, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from Universiti Malaya (UM) Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom and co-founder of Architects of Diversity (AoD) Jason Wee.
The webinar will be moderated by former chief executive officer of the Sarawak Islamic Information Centre, Zabariah Matali.
The webinar aims to examine the fundamentals of the nation’s common history as well as the role of shared history in achieving national integration and unity.
“Participants will be able to understand, explore, identify and discover unity through the lens of shared history. The two-hour webinar is free and open to the public in which a question-and-answer session will be held after the presentations,” YPS said on Tuesday (July 13).
The webinar is part of a greater YPS project called Advancing Racial Cohesion and Harmony (ARCH) which aims to evaluate national unity in Sarawak as well as to assess interracial harmony among various ethnic groups present here.
“It will be the first of five webinars that will be held throughout the year. Moreover, focus groups and round table discussions will be held throughout the state to better understand how Sarawakians perceive race relations and national integration in the context of Sarawak.
“Those who are interested to join can register at bit.ly/3yq9oBu or scan the QR code on the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Facebook page.”