A group of youths from Perak came together to discuss about the unity and tolerance around them. The roundtable discussion was organized by ERA Consumer and DHRRA Malaysia in Ipoh, Perak on 25th May 2014.
In the welcoming speech by Mr Saravanan M. Sinapan, representing ERA Consumer Malaysia and DHRRA Malaysia, he requested the youths to approach the discussion with an open mind and use the platform to express one’s constructive thoughts and respect the ones shared by others.
Two panel members shared their experience from the field of Education and Law, respectively.Mr Balasubramaniam Kuppusamy,who spoke on the Conceptualization of Unity and Tolerance in Malaysia,has been an educationist for the pass fifty years and currently a senior lecturer at Department of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR, Kampar Campus). He is also a Senate Member of UTAR. He has vast experience in social integration from pre-independence period in Malaysia. He has been a part of various initiatives and is a current member Rotary Club of Greentown, Perak Society for promotion Mental Health and also an Ex-member of Education Service Commission.
Mr Mohd Redzuan a lawyer/partner at the Law Chamber of Redzuan & Faiezad. He is also with Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semanjung (Coalition of Malay Students in Peninsular Malaysia) and active member of Youth Movement. Mr Redzuan spoke on the law and race relation in Malaysia.
Following the stage set by the panel members, the participants were divided into group to have a discussion on various topics. The roundtable discussion was facilitated by moderators. The participants were also encouraged to discuss the local issues. They felt comfortable to articulate their views on the issues which were discussed. The participants expressed their excitement to continue with the next phase of the project.