Na­tional Con­fer­ence on NonDis­crim­i­na­tion in KK Aug 1

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KOTA KINABALU: Pusat Ko­mas, in part­ner­ship with Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (Suhakam) and In­sti­tute for Devel­op­ment Stud­ies (IDS) Sabah, will be or­gan­is­ing the 9th Na­tional Con­fer­ence on NonDis­crim­i­na­tion: ‘New Malaysia: Achiev­ing Unity in a Plu­ral So­ci­ety’ on Au­gust 1, 2019 at the Ming Gar­den Ho­tel here from 8 am to 5.35 pm.

Ac­cord­ing to its state­ment yes­ter­day, this con­fer­ence is the con­tin­u­a­tion of a series of an­nual con­fer­ences or­ga­nized by Pusat Ko­mas since 2011 as part of its cam­paign on non-dis­crim­i­na­tion, par­tic­u­larly as an ef­fort to ad­dress racism in Malaysia.

The state­ment said that over the years, Ko­mas has man­aged to host sev­eral prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties in their field of non-dis­crim­i­na­tion and for this year, they will be host­ing the Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Mi­nor­ity Rights, Dr. Fer­nand de Varennes, who will be de­liv­er­ing a Key­note Ad­dress at the con­fer­ence.

Among the Con­fer­ence ob­jec­tives are:

Deeper un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of racial pol­i­tics in Malaysia by pro­vid­ing an open multi-stake holder plat­form to have con­struc­tive dis­cus­sions on the best prac­tices from both Asian and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ences on manag­ing a plu­ral­is­tic so­ci­ety;

To un­der­stand the nondis­crim­i­na­tion prin­ci­ples as well as mi­nor­ity rights within the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Frame­work;

To af­firm and ap­pre­ci­ate some of the best poli­cies prac­tised to up­hold the rights of all and to chart an in­sti­tu­tional re­form on is­sues of equal­ity and in­clu­siv­ity;

To create a plat­form for par­tic­i­pants from East and West Malaysia to have an exchange of con­struc­tive ideas on nondis­crim­i­na­tion and ways to achieve unity in a plu­ral so­ci­ety.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Shafie Haji Ap­dal is ex­pected to launch the 9th Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

This con­fer­ence in­tends to ex­plore ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in en­sur­ing the rights of all are pro­tected, es­pe­cially the marginal­ized and mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, un­der­stand­ing the role of gov­ern­ment and its task in overcoming so­ci­etal fears of the ma­jor­ity, will be an im­por­tant ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence.

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