KDU Culturation ‘Road To 60’s: I Am Malaysian’ Instilling Patriotism By Embracing Diversity Within Its Community

Mohd Akbal Setia, Director of Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (Right) endorsing KDU Culturation witnessed by  Prof. Dr. Hiew Pang Leang, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College. Group photo taken with the participants of the Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian programme.
KDU students, both local and international, enjoying delicious Malaysian cuisine at Saloma Theatre Restaurant. KDU students in action as they try out the traditional Malaysian game called Gasing.
In inculcating the spirit of national identity in conjunction with Malaysia Independence Day, KDU’s Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) organised the ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme, which saw its official flag-off taking place at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) in Kuala Lumpur on the 23 May 2017.
The ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia, is a celebration of the 60 years since Malaysia achieved independence and highlights one of the key attributes of the Malaysian Educational Blueprint, which is National Identity. This programme will bring students, both local and international, to five different states (Melaka, Penang, Terengganu, and Selangor & Kuala Lumpur) in Malaysia, to learn and experience the different cultures and embrace diversity throughout this journey.  
In attendance for the flag-off at MaTic were Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College, and En. Mohd Akbal Setia, Director of Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, who gave the opening remarks and welcome address respectively. Also gracing the event were En. Mohd Amirul Rizal Abdul Rahim, the Deputy Director for the Domestic and Events Division of Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, who provided the programme briefing, as well as KDU management, staff and students.
Guests at the event also had the opportunity to enjoy several other fun activities that highlight our rich local heritage such as a Gasing demonstration, cultural show and gallery tour.
In Prof. Dr. Hiew’s speech, he emphasised on the importance of this programme, “At KDU, we believe in the power of diversity where a leader who understands differences in cultures, ideas, and belief will be able to effectively take on different parts of the industry on a global scale.” He added, “The Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) were built around the six primary attributes namely ethics and spirituality, leadership skills, national identity, bilingual proficiency, thinking skills, and knowledge, hence, the ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme highlights one of the attributes from the MEB, which is National Identity. This is an unshakeable sense of national identity, tied to the principles of the Rukun Negara, which is necessary for growth, progress, and success, for Malaysia.” Continuing, he also affirmed his belief that every Malaysian child can identify as Malaysian, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status, and this can be achieved through not only learning to understand and accept diversity, but to embrace it.
The ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme will see students enjoying the best of what each local states can offer. Students will experience local homestays, participate in group activities with the local communities that will be hosting them, enjoy the sights and immerse in the history of local attractions, as well as spread the seeds of diversity and inclusion to the younger generation through workshops at secondary schools.
The ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ programme is organised under the SAC’s culture pillar, called KDU Culturation. KDU believes that multiracial identities in Malaysia should be celebrated and cherished as diversity is a beauty of the world that we live in. In view of this, KDU is committed to being part of the change, hence the birth of KDU Culturation. KDU believes that embedding the understanding of diversity and inclusion of knowledge to students can bring positive impact for the society. The main objectives of KDU Culturation are to educate KDU students to embrace their own cultural ideologies, values and understand how their own culture may influence other culture, spark awareness to KDU students on cultural practices and its importance, and provide exposure and experience to KDU students through hands on activities.
The flag-off event also saw Tourism Malaysia’s official endorsement of KDU’s Culturation initiative.
The closing of the programme will be held from 12th to 19th September 2017, where the participating students will put up a pictorial exhibition about the journey of ‘Road to 60’s: I am Malaysian’ together with other activities such as KITA SAMA Blood Donation Campaign by ASTRO, cultural exhibitions, #mylocalculturationhero sharing session and a documentary screening, ‘Road to Nationhood: A Journey to Independence’ by Project 57.