In every steps, we believe in working towards national unity while bringing cultural diversity as a collective strength can benefit all Malaysian. Here are some of the many activities we have conducted for the past years towards ONE noble goal.
“One of the monumental challenges facing the nation is the evolution of a shared Malaysian identity that all ethnic communities are comfortable with. It has to be an identity that transcends specific ethnic identities, and yet celebrates our tremendous ethnic diversity. No community should feel threatened by such an all-encompassing notional identity.” – Dr. Chandra Muzaffar.
In conjunction of the declaration of Kuching as City of Unity on 1st august 2015, Yayasan 1 Malaysia is organizing a international forum on unity.
(i) Encourage intellectual reflection on the challenge of promoting unity;
(ii) Persuade policy-makers to pay greater attention to the role of grass-root communities in nurturing and nourishing inter-religious and inter-ethnic empathy and solidarity; and
(iii) Serve as a basis for fresh comparative studies of inter-ethnic relations and inter-religious ties across the globe which could enhance our understanding of how different communities interact with one another and even help us to devise policies and programmes that are more attune to their needs and aspirations.
Bandaraya Perpaduan, City of Unity is an initiative by Yayasan 1 Malaysia to declare Kuching as Bandaraya Perpaduan, City of Unity. Since independence, unity and harmony has been a prominent way of life in Kuching, which we believe should be celebrated and preserved, for now and the future, not just for Kuching and Sarawak, but for Malaysia as a whole. Over a period of two months or so, Yayasan 1 Malaysia researched into the history and evolution of Kuching as a city and produced a paper which shown why Kuching deserves to be known as a ‘City of Unity. It is made up of people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds who have lived in relative peace and harmony for a considerable period of time. With a population of over 600,000, it has a stable administrative structure that caters for the interests of the different ethnic and religious groups. Employment opportunity are available to all in the public and private sectors. Schools are by and large multi-ethnic and multi-religious and provide scholarship and other forms of assistance to all, regardless of ethnic or religious backgrounds. Many cultural and recreational activities draw upon the diverse city population. Bahasa Sarawak, a variation of Bahasa Malaysia, is widely spoken and has enhanced interaction among the different communities. Inter-ethnic and inter-religious marriages are common accounting for perhaps 30 percent of marriages in Sarawak every year. Families of different ethnic and religious affiliations interact amicably, often leaving their children in the care of a family of a different background without any qualms. There is at the same time a great deal of understanding about the distinct religious and cultural norms of the different communities.
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Pullman Kuching Hotel
1a Jalan Mathies, Sarawak, 93100 Kuching, Malaysia
Pullman Kuching Hotel1a Jalan Mathies, Sarawak, 93100 Kuching, Malaysia
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