Unity council to be renamed to improve racial harmony

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy.

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Unity Consultative Council will be rebranded as the Consultative Council for People’s Harmony as part of efforts to enhance racial harmony in the country, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P Waythamoorthy said the council members would be appointed for the two-year 2018-2020 term and would focus on efforts to enhance and strengthen unity among the people.

“The absence of specific laws pertaining to race and racial discrimination does not mean that efforts to foster unity are neglected. The efforts will continue to be intensified,” he said in response to a question from Senator Chandra Mohan S Thambirajah on the government’s efforts to main racial unity and harmony.

He said the government would also draw up a National Unity Action Plan in collaboration with the National Unity and Integration Department and individual consultants from the Institute of Ethnic Studies of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

He said the plan would become the yardstick to gauge the effectiveness of national unity activities and programmes.

When asked by Senator Zahari Sarip whether the government intended to introduce a new subject in primary schools to enhance unity among the people, Waytha said the proposal was being reviewed and was awaiting a Cabinet decision.