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See unity through shared history

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KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will be organising a webinar this Thursday, 15 July 2021 via Zoom titled, “Shared History As The Foundation of Unity and Racial Cohesion”.

The webinar will feature prominent speakers such as YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy binti Shukri (Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia) and Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin (Unity Advisor, Ministry of National Unity Malaysia).

Other speakers include Dr. Juna Liau (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom (Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya), and Jason Wee (Co-founder, Architects of Diversity, AoD). The webinar will be moderated by former Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Islamic Information Centre, Puan Hajah Zabariah Binti Haji Matali.

The purpose of this webinar is to examine the fundamentals of our nation’s common history, as well as the role of shared history in achieving national integration and unity. Participants will be able to understand, explore, identify and discover unity through the lens of shared history.

The two-hour webinar is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A session after the presentations, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the speakers their questions. It will be the first out of five webinars that will be held throughout the year. Those interested can register at or scan the QR code on the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Facebook page.

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. 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.

Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak was founded in May 1994 as a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and advance programmes and activities that will preserve, enhance, and strengthen the unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence of the various multi-ethnic communities in Sarawak.

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