Minister: Government to set up index to measure unity among races by 2017

Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said said a unity index is being developed by the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) and is expected to be completed by 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said said a unity index is being developed by the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) and is expected to be completed by 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 4 — The government is in the midst of setting up a unity index to measure the level of unity among the various races in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.

He said the index, which was being developed by the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) was expected to be completed next year.

“Currently, JPNIN is looking into criteria that will be taken into account for the unity index. This includes inclusiveness, cross-cultural understanding and employment rates to measure the level of unity among the various races in the country. 

“A pilot study will be carried out before it (the unity index) is implemented to determine the level of unity in this country,” he told reporters after launching the Putrajaya-level ‘Gemilang Perpaduan’ programme 2016 at Precint 9 here today.

Present was JPNIN director-general Datuk L Gandesan.

Kurup said the level of unity and patriotism among the people of the country was still good based on the strong support showed by Malaysians regardless race for the National athletes who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games recently. — Bernama