Rukun Negara: Revisiting its role as Pillar of National Unity

28 July 2020 (Tuesday)

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Venue: IAIS Malaysia (limited to first 20 pax with online registration only)

Organiser:  International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

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Watch the recording of this webinar at IAIS Malaysia's Facebook Page

The recent launching of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Rukunegara by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yaasin on 9 July 2020 was very timely. It commemorates an important milestone for the nation, the introduction of the Rukun Negara as the national philosophy, by the fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the late Sultan of Terengganu, during Merdeka Day in 1970.
Introduced about a year after the 13 May 1969 racial riots, the philosophy embedded within the Rukun Negara embodies the nation’s core principles and its ambitions of unity, peace, and harmony for all Malaysians. The primary goals of the Rukun Negara include enhancing unity among the people; safeguarding the spirit of democracy; establishing a just society; maintaining a liberal approach in addressing diversity; and creating a progressive and technologically advanced society.
This event is an attempt to revisit and re-examine the role of Rukun Negara, particularly its relevance in promoting unity in contemporary Malaysia.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar 
Dr. Chandra graduated from Singapore University where he got a Ph.d in Social Sciences (1977). He is a Malaysian Muslim political scientist, and an Islamic reformist and activist. Author of Universalism of Islam (1979), Islamic Resurgence in Malaysia (1987), Human Rights and the New World Order (1993), and Alternative Politics for Asia: A Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue (1999). Awarded the Rockefeller Social Science Fellowship in Development Studies for Southeast Asia (1984 – 1985) and the Harry J. Benda Prize for distinguished scholarship on Southeast Asia (1989)”. Dr. Chandra was the first Director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the University of Malaya. He then became the Noordin Sopiee Professor of Global Studies at the University of Science (USM) in Penang. Currently, he is the President of International Movement for a Just World (JUST).
Dr. Madeline Berma
Dr. Madeline accomplished her Bachelors of Economics at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1982; and later completed her Master of Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1986. Subsequently, she received her PhD from University of Hull, England in 1997. Dr. Madeline is credited strongly for her 35 years of academic experiences, in which she held various positions during her years under UKM. Currently, Dr. Madeline is a Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.



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