Undi18: Johor plans to develop special module on politics, nationalism

06 Dec 2022 05:43pm
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ISKANDAR PUTERI - The Johor government has plans to develop a special module on politics and nationalism for students in secondary schools in the state in line with the lowering of the voting age limit to 18 years (Undi18).

Johor Education, Information and Communications Committee chairman Norlizah Noh said the module was being studied by the Johor State Information Department (JAPEN) and the Johor State Education Department (JPNJ), and also involved the Dato' Onn Institute.

"IDO's involvement is important in the production of this module based on the experience and expertise of this agency, and for now, students in secondary schools are exposed to the Practice of Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy through the Malaysiaku Club, which is available in 73 schools throughout the state of Johor.

"So far, in collaboration with the Election Academy (APR), students have been exposed to the election process while emphasising the importance of being responsible voters in choosing the country’s leadership in the future," she said at the Johor state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar, here, today.

Norlizah (BN-Johor Lama) was responding to a question from Hahasrin Hashim (BN-Panti).

According to Norlizah, JAPEN has implemented 20 brainstorming programmes or briefings on current issues related to Undi18 and on the responsibility of citizens at polytechnics, community colleges and Form Six throughout Johor.

She said that in addition to that, support materials emphasising the importance of nationhood have also been prepared and are being used in secondary schools and Form Six in the form of learning modules on topics such as general studies and history.

"The content of this academic material exposes students to political knowledge related to the structure of the country’s governance, parliamentary democracy and the nation-state," she said.

Norlizah added that the Malaysian Ministry of Education had also established the Rukun Negara Club and the History and Citizenship Association with the aim of fostering a sense of love for the country.
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"In addition, students are also inculcated with an awareness of heritage, responsibility towards themselves, others, the community and society, as well as respect for other cultures and societies in Malaysia," she said. - BERNAMA

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