SUBANG JAYA – The Telusur Muhibah ’14: Kolaborasi – Aspirasi – Perpaduan, a race competition that involved checkpoints at religious worship houses around Kuala Lumpur, was organised by Sekretariat Rukun Negara Zon Tengah between 8 and 11 May, 2014.
The Telusur Muhibah program aimed to shape racial unity through emphasising the importance of religious and cultural harmony of1Malaysia. The event involved multi-racial students from universities across the country, racing to religious worship houses around Kuala Lumpur and answering some questions related to each of these checkpoints.
[Champions of the Telusur Muhibah race]
This race aimed to teach students to learn, understand and accept the diversity of religion and beliefs of the different communities in the country. The participants were able to create awareness about the need to respect, accept and appreciate each other despite the differences of race, religion, and culture.
[Best Female Participant- Mariamma Ganasan, from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris]
“We introduced the Telusur Muhibah because the activity is fun. When they visited the religious worship houses as checkpoints in this race, students of various religious backgrounds could learn the customs and taboos of other ethnic friends. This taught them to be more conscious of keeping our words and behaviour in their interactions so as not to touch the sensitive issues that may offend other ethnic friends,” said Mr L. Gandesan, General Director of Department of National Unity and National Integration, Prime Minister’s Department, at the Closing Ceremony of Telusur Muhibah ‘14 at Taylor’s University.
[Closing Ceremony of Telusur Muhibah ’14, at Taylor’s University]
This event is his first since being appointed as General Director of Department of National Unity and National Integration, Prime Minister’s Department, to replace Datuk Azman Amin Hassan, who had retired on May 10, 2014. Mr. Gandesan added that those who experienced this program can directly improve their understanding and knowledge about the diversity of the community, and be a catalyst to national harmony.
[Speech by Mr. L. Gandesan, General Director of Department of National Unity and National Integration, Prime Minister’s Department]
The program was organized by Sekretariat Rukun Negara involving 6 universities: Universiti Teknologi MARA Puncak Perdana, Taylor’s University, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, and Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.
Sekretariat Rukun Negara is under the Department of National Unity and National Integration, Prime Minister’s Department. For the first time, the program was organized by the Sekretariat Rukun Negara of integrated universities, Telusur Muhibah being the first event involving the integrated cooperation.
Mohamed Khaidir Bin Mohamed Zaraai,
General Secretary, Telusur Muhibah ’14: Kolaborasi – Aspirasi – Perpaduan.
(Also Secretary of Sekretariat Rukun Negara, Taylor’s University.)