Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday (2nd August 2016) – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in collaboration with New Straits Times successfully organised a Merdeka Town Hall Session at Innovation Hall, Level 2, UNIRAZAK, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
The aim of the event was to hear the views of the young generations regarding Malaysia Independents day. Furthermore, what it means to have that patriotism spirit and the importance of unity in Malaysia. Among the guest that grace the session were Prof. Dr. Samsinar Md. Sidin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifflee Bin Mohamed, Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business Entrepreneurship (BRSBE), YBhg. Assoc. Prof. Dato’ Mohd Ibrahim Abu Bakar, Dean of Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG), YBhg. Datin Nor Hafizah Binti Ismail, Dean of CSASI and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hafriza Binti Burhanudeen, Director of Corporate Citizenship. There were 30 selected students from UNIRAZAK that were chosen to voice out on this matter. They were also joined by 3 moderators from New Straits Times (NST). The moderators were YBhg. Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid, Group Managing Editor of New Straits Times Press, Ms. Sofia Cheok Suat Ling, Associate Editor (News) New Straits Times and Ms. Hazlina Abdul Aziz, Education Editor for New Straits Times.
The session started at 10.45am and more than 130 people attended this interesting session. Among the questions that were asked during the session were what does Independence Day mean for the students and what are the ways to encourage the young generation to celebrate Independence Day. From young generation today, Independence Day can increase their self-esteem and by celebrating Independence Day, the young generation can remember the struggle to achieve Independence. Furthermore, this event encourages the young generation to celebrate Independence Day by creating more activities that are related to Malaysia’s history. For example, the government can provide extreme activity such as paintball and obstacle course race that requires participants to use both physical and mental element.
It was without doubt that this event had been a very fruitful forum for the students and the participants involved in crafting a better understanding regarding Independence Day. The Merdeka Town Hall session ended at 12.30pm.