Dr Koh asks media organisations to set up special Unity Desk

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon yesterday called on media organisations to set up a special desk to be known as the Unity Desk to assist the government in improving mutual understanding among the multi-racial people in the country.

UNITY: (from left) Jessy Tan from Sabah, Suzanee Joseph from Ipoh,  Christina Dana Paulus Ripos and Anna Mariana from Sarawak browse through the book on ‘Managing Success in Unity’ at the Media and Unity Symposium. — Bernama photo

UNITY: (from left) Jessy Tan from Sabah, Suzanee Joseph from Ipoh, Christina Dana Paulus Ripos and Anna Mariana from Sarawak browse through the book on ‘Managing Success in Unity’ at the Media and Unity Symposium. — Bernama photo

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the special desk could serve just like any other desk in the organisation, but with greater focus on efforts to foster national unity as well as religious and cultural understanding.

“The media has an important role to play in disseminating information. So, it is also vital for them to give more attention to strengthening national unity and improving mutual understanding among the multi-racial  people,”  he  said when opening the Media and Unity Symposium, here.

Dr Koh also suggested that media organisations with various and multi-language mediums interact frequently with one another to make the effort a success.

He said that though the media organisations had different sets of interests, they should give priority to improving national unity and harmony.

Dr Koh also said that the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) could become the leader and reference body on matters pertaining to the media and unity.

On the recent arson attempts on houses of worship, Koh said the incidents did not deter the government’s efforts to strengthen national unity.

Instead, the incidents proved that racial harmony still existed in the country, he added.

Almost 300 students and media practitioners participated in the one-day symposium. — Bernama