Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah has reminded that the struggle to raise the dignity of a certain race should not lead to polarisation in the country to the point of undermining the spirit of unity.
His Majesty said that poly racism will exist when the races are increasingly estranged from each other, either due to emotions, attitudes, goals, and ambitions that cause less communication between the various races.
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“Polarisation has broad socio-cultural implications and if not curbed will bring elements of radicalism and extremism that can create large-scale disharmony in society,” says His Majesty at the 97th Convocation Ceremony of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) at the Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor.
Also present was the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. ADS Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin and UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Roziah Mohd Janor were also in attendance. His Majesty added that whatever divisions, differences, and prejudices exist need to be addressed immediately in an effort to create a future society that lives in complete harmony.
Touching on UiTM’s noble efforts to produce highly educated Malay and bumiputera children, His Majesty reminded the university not to forget the diversity of this country’s citizens. Sultan Abdullah also called on all universities and public and private institutions of higher education in the country to play a role in creating a spirit of accommodation between races.
Racial polarisation has broad socio-cultural implications and if not curbed will bring elements of radicalism and extremism that can create large-scale disharmony in society
“We can continue to elevate the fate and future of the respective races through education, but at the same time do not leave aside efforts to support the formation of a national identity,” he says.
The Agong adds that the spirit of accommodation between races and unity in diversity is the best feature of Malaysia’s democracy and without it, any efforts towards becoming a developed nation will not be achieved.
His Majesty also said that future human capital should not only be equipped with skills to meet the labour market alone but should also be empowered with soft skills as well. It includes high moral principles, positive character, noble virtues, and having a strong sense of identity and undying love for the country.
Education as an asset
“I am confident that a highly educated human capital with noble character will be a great asset for the country,” says Sultan Abdullah.
Sultan Abdullah also says this 97th convocation ceremony was his last assignment as chancellor of UiTM and he expressed his utmost appreciation to the university for all the sweet and valuable experiences.
“The huge responsibility as chancellor of this university will be shouldered by the next Agong, starting in February 2024,” said His Majesty. The king hoped that during the almost five years that have passed, he had been able to contribute some thoughtful ideas toward the progress of the university. – Bernama
Editorial Note: No to racial polarisation in Malaysia
This is because racial polarisation has broad socio-cultural implications. If not curbed it will bring elements of radicalism, and extremism that can create large-scale disharmony