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29/02/2024 06:49 PM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 29 (Bernama) -- The proposal for strengthening the unity agenda by the Department of National Unity and Integration (JPNIN), which touches on initiatives such as the enhancement of Rukun Tetangga (RT) Progresif, embracing the Rukun Negara, and elevating Community Mediators, has been approved.

This decision was made during the National Unity Advisory Council (MPPN) Meeting No. 1/2024 today, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and attended by National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and 12 council members comprising community leaders.

The Ministry of National Unity (KPN) in a statement today said the first phase of the RT Progresif enhancement initiative will be implemented starting this year with an allocation of RM20 million as provided in the 2024 Budget.

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"Therefore, the RT Progresif Empowerment Action Plan will be launched as a framework for building a progressive community with 116 RTs being empowered as Progressive Community Drivers.

"The main objective of this initiative is to empower the RT community economy, increase community income, and enhance social well-being," KPN said in the statement.

Furthermore, the MPPN also discussed the importance of enhancing literacy, understanding, and embracing the culture of the Rukun Negara  in daily life and has approved the proposal for the implementation of the Rukun Negara Appreciation Module and Rukun Negara Youth Tour with the theme "Menjiwai Rukun Negara", which will be launched in March.

Credit: FB Aaron Ago Dagang

The statement also said that Fadillah, who is also the Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation, has requested KPN to review the National Unity Policy so that the unity message can be interpreted and conveyed effectively to the public.

During the meeting, MPPN members also expressed their full support for the decree of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, to enhance unity among the people to ensure that Malaysians can live in lasting harmony.

During the opening of the Third Session of the 15th Parliament on Monday, the King instructed the government to formulate a policy to strengthen harmony and unity among Malaysians.

Sultan Ibrahim stated this based on His Majesty's observation that the unity among the races in the country is still not good enough, even after more than 60 years since the formation of Malaysia.