7 September I Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and the Ministry of National Unity (MNU) have identified several scientific studies to be carried out comprehensively in an effort to formulate a unity and integration agenda at the national level.
Minister of National Unity, YB Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said, UMK is the second university after Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) which helps the MNU for the implementation of a comprehensive study based on facts.
She said this cooperation is expected to help the ministry formulate more approaches including national unity policy.
"Through this cooperation, MNU hopes that the study conducted by UMK can help in the development of the draft National Unity Action Plan (PTPN) 2021-2025 which will be presented at the end of this year," she said at the Launching Ceremony of PTPN Kelantan State Feedback Session and Signing Ceremony Agreement of Understanding (MoU) between MNU and UMK at Dewan Keusahawanan UMK, City Campus, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, today.
According to YB Datuk Halimah, this feedback session was held in all states to gather input on the people's understanding of the ideals of the Rukun Negara as well as the proposed programme that can be implemented to achieve the goal of unity.
Meanwhile, UMK and the Ministry of National Unity (MNU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form cooperation involving unity activities and national integration organised jointly.
The MoU was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of UMK, Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail while MNU was represented by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Unity, Datuk Wan Suraya Wan Radzi and witnessed by the Minister of National Unity, YB. Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique and Menteri Besar of Kelantan, YAB Dato’ Bentara Kanan, Ustaz Dato' Hj. Ahmad Yakob.
Also present, the Chairman of the Community Unity, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Committee, YB Major (B) Dato’ Haji Md. Anizam bin Abdul Rahman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Ts. Dr. Arham Abdullah and Senior Division Secretary, Ministry of National Unity, Puan Zahariah Mohd Sarif.
Through the MoU, UMK will be the main driver of cooperation involving national unity and integration activities in the state of Kelantan.
According to Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, this MoU collaboration makes UMK and MNU as strategic partners in implementing activities related to national unity and integration.
He said UMK is very proud of the trust given by the MNU to carry out cooperation in the field of research and publications related to unity which will contribute to efforts in increasing unity and preserve community harmony.
Through the MoU, the University also benefits in the field of human capital development through the placement of students and staff of UMK to obtain guidance, improve new knowledge and skills regarding aspects of unity management at MNU.
"Both parties will also together increase social capital through the implementation of programmes and activities organised jointly to further strengthen the spirit of unity and goodwill in the community," he said.
According to Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi, the draft National Unity Action Plan (PTPN) 2021 - 2025 is the MNU's strategic plan to implement the National Unity Policy to ensure harmony, happiness and well-being among Malaysians, including in the state of Kelantan.
“Therefore, this feedback session is important to receive suggestions or views of the community in this state before being presented to the government.
"The geographical position of Kelantan, makes the unity between the races in this state special compared to other states,” he said.