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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22, 2014:

In a bid to foster a better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, a Muslim movement has proposed a National Unity Module for Young People.

The Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) told The Rakyat Post that it handed the proposal two weeks ago to the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Abim vice-president Jufitri Joha revealed that the proposal was an inclusive one, with workshops to be held among community and religious leaders at all levels to develop a substantive module.

He added that the creation of the module, made possible after working with several other non-governmental organisations (NGO), such as the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia and the Friendship Group for Inter Religious Service, would primarily focus on the youths and the younger generation.

“This is because we firmly believe that Malaysia would be inherited by the younger generation and so the focus should be on youths of all races and religion to bring a better awareness about the uniqueness of all cultures, races and religions in Malaysia.”

Jufitri said the module would be in the form of workshops, activities and games to sow the seeds of unity at the grassroots level.

For example, he said, some Muslims did not know about Vasakhi, the Sikh religion’s festival.

“So to enhance awareness and the urgency in understanding other faiths between Muslims and non-Muslims, to bridge the gap of differences, we hope a symbiotic module can be created where both sides can learn from one another.”

Describing that the diversity among Malaysians as beautiful, Jufitri said many, however, were unable to appreciate it.

“It is in front of us, staring at us directly but sadly many are unable to see it.”

With the module set to focus mainly on practical experiences instead of theoretical experiences, the ball was now in Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s court.

Jufitri said he hoped to get a response from the ministry by this week or the next.

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