PETALING JAYA: In the spirit of spreading kindness, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister YB Steven Sim has pledged to waive the entrance fees to the ministry’s gym in support of the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign.
“It’s a worrying trend to see young people always in a rage and the only way they know to release this rage is through violence or bullying,” he said.
Sim also called for Malaysians to show each other more kindness, joining a growing list of MPs who have pledged to support the campaign, including Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Hannah Yeoh, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein Onn and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
“Kindness is often seen as weakness, but there are times even in sports where runners slow down to help their fellow runners across the finishing line,” he said.
He also echoed his fellow MPs in calling for more kindness in Parliament, saying “leaders have the responsibility to show a good example to the young.”
“If we ourselves express violence and anger towards those we disagree with, we cannot expect young people (to be any better),” he said, citing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir as a good example of staying cool under pressure.
“I think our Prime Minister is a very good example of calmness and leadership. Look at how he answers questions and provocations from the floor – he does it with calmness and kindness.”
“It’s a good example (to all of us) of how we can be kind to people we disagree with.”
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq also had a message to young Malaysians in conjunction with National Kindness Week: that they play a vital role in shaping Malaysia’s future.
“They are creative people and critical thinkers – empowering them is the best way to get the message (of kindness) out there. They are our best option.”
Both Sim and Syed Saddiq also pledged to take the Kindness Challenge, an interactive, five-day challenge on WhatsApp where participants are sent “Kindness Missions” every morning.
Members of the public can join the MPs on the challenge via WhatsApp by going to bit.ly/stchallenge2019. Those that complete all five Kindness Missions will unlock a special surprise.
Schools can still sign up to support the National Kindness Week by going to http://www.standtogether.my, where they will receive free expert-developed materials and resources to help them create a more positive learning environment.<\