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Respect Diversity

We are unique

  • As Malaysian, we were born different and this will make life colourful.
  • It is very important for all of us to value these differences and respect the diversity.
  • We should enjoy and live in harmony

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What is diversity

The diversity includes cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual difference.

How to respect diversity

  • To respect diversity encompasses acceptance and respect.
  • We have to understand that each individual is uniqueand recognize our individual differences.
  • These can be alongthe dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
  • Explore the differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
  • Understand each other and the diversity contained within each individual bysimple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the differrences.

What can you do

  • Find an opportunity to interact with each other of different ethnic groups.
  • Celebrate and value diversity by attending other’s festival or celebration
  • Be proud of yourselves and your family traditions and share with your freinds.
  • Respect and value people regardless of the color of their skin, their physical abilities, or the language they speak
  • Promote the development of respectful relationships across these cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity.
  • Promote tolerance, acceptance and affinity across differences, through communication, education and the arts

What is your role Learn to appreciate the differences

  • Try to create opportunities to interact and make friends with people who are different from you
  • Be a role models from your own culture as well as to those from other cultures.
  • Share your culture with your freind for a better understanding.
  • Try to resist prejudice and discrimination surround you to create positive enviroment.
  • Don’t let racist and prejudicial remarks go by without intervening. It’s important to tell your freind that name-calling of any kind, whether it’s about someone’s religion, race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation, is hurtful and wrong.
  • Try to counteract any demeaning and harmful messages.
  • Don’t show negative reaction on the differences for examples eye or skin color can simply become a category of human variation.
  • Promote an environment in your school or neighbourhood which students or teens from diverse backgrounds feel more comfortable being themselves.
  • Create wall spaces to display posters depicting cultural groups in a non-stereotypical fashion in your classroom or common hall.


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Last Reviewed : 20 Nov 2014
Writer : Dr. Siti Aishah binti Saidin
Accreditor : Dr. Zil Failllah binti Mohd Said