“Navigating the Impacts of M’sia Agreement 1963 on National Integrity” webinar on Aug 12

Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) logo. Photo credit: YPS Facebook

KUCHING, Aug 9: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will be organising a webinar titled “Navigating the Impacts of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on National Integrity” on Thursday (Aug 12) via Zoom and Facebook Live.

YPS in a statement today, said the webinar is the third webinar in a five-part series that will be held throughout the year and will be moderated by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam Sarawak) honorary secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari.

According to YPS, the webinar will feature prominent speakers such as Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal and Project Monitoring Sarawak Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities senior lecturer Dr Arnold Puyok; Undi 18 public relations officer Adillah Zaki; and Universiti Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Humanities Arts and Heritage senior lecturer Associate Prof Dr A Rahman Tang Abdullah.

“The objective of this webinar is to highlight the significant impacts of honouring the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on national integrity in general and particularly in the context of Sarawak.

“Participants will be able to explore the panelists’ points of view and perspectives on the implications of honouring and understanding the Malaysia Agreement 1963 while enhancing national unity and integration in this country,” it said.

YPS noted the two-hour webinar is free and open to the public and there will also be a Q&A (question and answer) session after the presentations.

“Those interested can register at bit.ly/37uNzF or by scanning the QR code on the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Facebook Page,” the statement read.

This webinar is part of a greater YPS project called Advancing Racial Cohesion and Harmony (ARCH) which aims to evaluate national unity in Sarawak as well as to assess inter-racial harmony among various ethnic groups present here.

In addition to the series of webinars, focus groups and round table discussions will be held throughout the State to better understand how Sarawakians perceive race relations and national integration in the context of Sarawak.

Previously, two webinars were held successfully in July. The first webinar focused on the fundamentals of Malaysians sharing a common history, as well as the role of shared history in achieving national integration and unity.

Notable speakers such as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia Dato Sri Nancy Shukri and Ministry of National Unity Malaysia Unity Advisor Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin shared their strong perspectives on how shared history is an important foundation in enhancing national integration in Malaysia.

As for the second webinar, the topic explores the effects of socioeconomic divides among various races and ethnicities in Malaysia, particularly in Sarawak, on national unity and integration.

One of the prominent speakers, Commissioner Human Rights Commission Dato’ Dr Madeline Berma, shared very good insights on the socioeconomic divides between Sarawak and the rest of the country as well as how they affect national unity. — DayakDaily