NILAI- The organization of the Harmonious Malaysia Lecture Series 1 in 2024 marks the beginning of efforts to propel Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) as an inclusive and relevant higher education institution for all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion. The lecture, delivered by the Honorable Senator Dato’ Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Na’im Haji Mokhar, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (Religious Affairs), held at the USIM Senate Hall, focuses on building a patriotic and democratic society through a deep understanding of the Federal Constitution and the National Principles (Rukun Negara), as well as strengthening the ecosystem of unity and harmony.

The first lecture was attended by 120 participants from diverse backgrounds, providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge among leaders, academics, and the general public on the importance of harmonious living in a society with diverse ethnicities, traditions, and religions.

Associate Professor Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh, Dean of the Faculty of Shariah and Law (FSU), stated that the organization of this program is one of FSU’s initiatives to strengthen knowledge related to legislation and Shariah in the context of well-being, aligning with the agenda to develop Malaysia MADANI.

“In line with the six (6) core values of MADANI, which are embodied as a closely integrated framework and philosophy, the Faculty of Shariah and Law (FSU) also plays a role as a catalyst for the construction of a harmonious nation in the context of legislation and Shariah.”

She added that MADANI is inspired by the concept of readiness for change, taking into account the suggestions of all segments of society with the desire for substantive reform for a more advanced and prosperous Malaysia. Malaysia MADANI represents six (6) principles: M (Sustainability), A (Welfare), D (Innovation), A (Respect), N (Confidence), and I (Excellence), which serve as pillars in shaping Malaysia’s direction towards an advanced and prosperous nation.

Furthermore, she stated that the objective of organizing the Harmonious Malaysia Lecture Series 1 in 2024 is to foster strategic relationships and knowledge sharing between guest speakers, academics, and USIM postgraduate students. This initiative also aligns with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysian Government’s call for well-being in line with the construction of the MADANI nation.

Translated by: Adika Hakmi