Contribution of education to enhancing unity: Malaysian experience

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Malaysia is a multicultural society. The survival of the nation very much depends on the peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups. Since independence in 1957, unity has always been on top of the government agenda. It can be considered as one of the most intricate social challenges. The educational system and the use of Bahasa Melayu as National language are among tools utilized by government to nurture unity. How united are Malaysian after 50 years of independence? Do the students have positive attitude towards unity after they have undergone the school and university system? Does the university succeed in playing its role as agents of unity? This paper is based on a case study conducted at one public university. The aim of this study is to identify the activities and learning experience at the university that can enhance or hinder unity. Data was obtained from a multiethnic, multi religious and multi lingual focus group. Initial findings showed that social programs that were organized by the university have succeeded in creating awareness and increased the students' motivation to interact and get to know the other ethnic groups. Besides that, the usage of different languages is not actually the stumbling block to realize unity. Last but not least, suggestions and recommendations to improve unity among the people will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume17
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Ethnic relation
  • Malaysia
  • Unity
  • University
  • Youth

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