Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Have A Meaningful Chinese New Year - Thursday in The STAR

"Moderates in this nation have to continue to speak up more strongly to retain a moderate and constitutional nation," Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng (1927 - 2015)

Let us be Moderate:
 Let’s practise diversity and inclusion

In our Christmas message, we elaborated the seventh point of the Ten Principles for a Moderate Malaysian. For Chinese New Year, we would like to share the eighth principle. Do look forward to the upcoming two.
Principle Number Eight.

I will embrace and practise diversity and inclusion. I will believe with all my heart that diversity is one of God’s greatest signs and gifts.

1.   What is diversity and inclusion (D&I)?
When we practise diversity, we consciously decide to respect and appreciate the differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion. When we practise inclusion, we consciously focus on the needs of every individual and ensure that the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential.

    2.  Why is diversity and inclusion important?
   When we practise diversity and inclusion, we ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully. We allow for positive differences to exist and be appreciated. Rather than being intimidated or prejudices by those differences, we encourage people to accept the fact that there are diverse interests, diverse values, and diverse physical and emotional characteristics present in the world. This will create an environment that brings out innovation, creativity and productivity.

3.   How can moderate Malaysians add value through D&I?
    Moderate Malaysians practise diversity and foster inclusion. They understand that D&I is the key to building an innovative and productive nation. They respect, welcome and treat others as how they expect to be treated. With D&I as part and parcel of their way of life, moderate Malaysians apply it as a tool to bring forth the best in the nation; both socially and economically.

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