What is Yayasan 1Malaysia?
The foundation is set up by a group of like-minded Malaysians who are keen to see the concept of 1Malaysia, which is guided by the Federal Constitution, become central in the lives of all Malaysians.
Board of Trustees include Professor Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Dato’ Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin, Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes, Dato’ Dr Ismail Ibrahim, Dr Peter Kedit and Ahmad Izham Omar.
Petaling Jaya, 19 January 2011- Yayasan 1Malaysia has issued a challenge to all Malaysians to make 2011 the year of ethnic bridge builders.
Noting that most Malaysians are moderates who value the peace and harmony that exists in the country, he said that it was time for Malaysians to be aware and make a stand against divisive forces that sensationalise innocuous isssues.
“Respect and trust are the cornerstones of the peace we currently enjoy. Let us work together to eliminate ethnic biases and stereotypes which tear our social fabric and cause disunity. I urge Malaysians to choose unity above hate whenever they are confronted with individuals and groups who sow the seeds of ethnic discord”, said Professor Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
On its part, Yayasan 1Malaysia has launched a support group called “Friends of Yayasan 1Malaysia”, to initiate and bolster national unity efforts in Malaysia.
“Being a “Friend of the Yayasan 1Malaysia” means becoming more closely involved in and taking part in specially organised activities aimed at further developing national unity and integration in a friendly and dynamic environment. It means sharing interests and concerns with Malaysians from all walks of life. Comprising individuals and organisations, this is a non-profit group under the auspices of Yayasan 1Malaysia (Y1M)” he said. Individuals and corporations wishing to become a “Friend of Yayasan 1Malaysia” can register at Y1M website http://www.yayasan1malaysia.org.
Yayasan 1Malaysia also announced the launch of its new logo, to better reflect the energy, commitment and aspirations of the foundation.
Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes, a Trustee of Yayasan 1Malaysia, and the driving force behind the logo change had this to say:
“The decision to have a new logo was made after careful thought and deliberation as a way to better reflect Y1M’s clarity of thought in achieving greater national unity. Trustees also wanted a simple and yet dynamic logo that reflected the foundation’s name and its objectives”. “The new logo has a contemporary look and while the colour is retained, it now comes in a more vibrant shade of blue. The logo’s shape and structure are more solid, grounded and balanced, making it easier to remember, recall and replicate with minimal distortion” said Tony.