School Rukun Negara clubs to be rebranded, says minister

National Unity Minister Halimah Mohamed Sadique officiates the 50th anniversary of the Rukun Negara, here.

KUALA LUMPUR: Rukun Negara clubs (KRN) in schools and Rukun Negara secretariats (SRN) at institutions of higher learning will be rebranded to attract more students, said National Unity Minister Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

Her ministry, along with the education ministry, the higher education ministry and the communications and multimedia ministry, has formed a committee to manage the rebranding process.

“This is one of the ways to incorporate the Rukun Negara into the education system. When we issue grants, each KRN or SRN can organise their own programmes.

“They can organise programmes according to the creativity of the club or the secretariat in an effort to intensify the appreciation of the principles of the Rukun Negara,” she said at a press conference after attending an appreciation ceremony in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Rukun Negara here.

She said KRN and SRN would be effective at instilling and strengthening the spirit of patriotism among students.

“KRN and SRN also play a role in promoting the practice of the five principles of Rukun Negara in daily life. It is aimed at producing a society that has an identity, loyalty, unity, vision, dignity, openness and ethics,” she said.

A total of 6,621 KRNs have been registered. This includes 4,205 national primary schools, 504 Chinese national type primary schools and 236 Tamil national type primary schools.

Meanwhile, 172 registered SRNs have been registered at universities. She hoped to have more SRNs.

Halimah said her ministry also planned to restore the teaching of the Rukun Negara at the early childhood education level in kindergartens.