National Dialogue with the Grassroots of Malaysia
(Suara Akar Umbi – Voice of The Grassroots)
The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) met for a second time as a full Council on Feb 15, 2014. Four key matters were discussed:
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AGENDA
NUCC welcomes the renewed call for National Reconciliation by the Prime Minister on Jan 29, 2014. This is a timely pledge by the Cabinet to foster a conducive environment for this development through unity and consensus in Malaysian society
NUCC supports the initiatives announced such as greater youth participation in building a harmonious Malaysia and the establishment of bi-partisan Parliamentary committees to discuss issues affecting national unity. This approach is to effectively reduce the contemporary challenges faced in recent times.
In addition, the NUCC sees its role in the Dialog Perpaduan and in formulating a National Unity Blueprint as complementary initiative which can enhance the Prime Minister’s national reconciliation objectives.
NUCC at the second meeting reviewed the preparations for the Dialog Perpaduan. This is a nationwide dialogue with the theme “Voice of the Grassroots”
The effort here is for NUCC members to go to the grassroots to hear views on national unity and inter-ethnic harmony in Malaysia. We like to hear positive experience and stories of our achievement in ethnic relations. We also want to hear views on what has gone wrong and what are the current critical concerns pertaining to national unity.
At the same time we want to hear views pertaining to solutions and recommendations especially as the way forward in strengthening ethnic harmony and making a Malaysia a better place for all Malaysians.
All the views shared during the dialog will be documented by rapporteurs from a number of public Universities and will serve as input into the formulation of the National Unity Blueprint.
A total of 18 dialogues are being organized between Feb 22, 2014 and March 30, 2014. NUCC members in small teams will travel to all the states in Malaysia and meet the individuals, groups and communities.
NUCC calls on the Malaysian public, community, social, religious organizations and civil society movements to come to our town hall meeting and share your views with us. The NUCC joint-secretariat comprising the Department of National Unity & Integration and the Institute of Ethnic Studies, UKM will ensure that all views will be documented and acknowledged in the blueprint.
The general public can also submit their views, suggestions and recommendations on national unity in writing to the NUCC Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAUNCH OF DIALOG PERPADUAN
The Dialog Perpaduan will be launched on Saturday Feb 22, 2014 at the Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur from 9.00 am till 12.30 pm. Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, the National Unity Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department will officiate the event.
We welcome all to come and share your views at the dialog session on national unity and Malaysian society. The NUCC members will listen to the views.
PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS AND DIFFERENCES
NUCC acknowledges that Malaysia is a peaceful and harmonious nation. As Malaysian citizens with diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural identities we must seek to address our differences with humility, reasonableness and fairness.
NUCC encourages all parties to ensure peaceful resolutions as the best way forward in conflict resolution and community engagement.
We are delighted at the many citizen initiatives to promote peace and unity such as Walk in the Park, Solidarity in Kajang and “Solidariti Untuk Malaysia” and would like to encourage more such initiatives.
The NUCC urges the Government to uphold the Rule of Law and to actively promote national unity by taking prompt action against incendiary statements and actions which are provocative and can lead to conflict and tension with serious consequences affecting peace, harmony and national unity.
Issued by the National Unity Consultative Council
Feb 15, 2014