National Unity Ministry Targets IPNas Increase to 0.7 by 2025

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The National Unity Ministry is targetting an increase of 0.7 in the National Unity Index (IPNas) by 2025.

Its minister, Datuk Aaron Aro Dagang, said a third IPNas study, which will be more comprehensive, will start next year and will be carried out by the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

“This study is aimed at the four IPNas, namely the peninsula, Sabah, Sarawak and the whole country because many people are saying how unity in Sarawak can be a model for the peninsular.

“To draw up the framework, we need statistics. If IPNas says good about unity in Sarawak, we (will) try to assimilate all the factors to the peninsula,” he said when appearing as a guest on Bernama TV programme Realising Budget 2024: Strengthening the National Unity Agenda V here last night (October 26).

He said the basis of IPNas development is studying and identifying social deficits involving ethnicity, religion, social class, education, language, generation gap, gender, federalism politics, urban-rural space and the media.

The first IPNas study was conducted in 2018 which recorded 0.567 which increased to 0.629 last year. Based on the IPNas measurement scale, 0.0 to 0.24 is a weak level, 0.25 to 0.49 (low), 0.50 to 0.74 (moderate) and 0.75 to 1.00 (high).

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