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WE THE MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION FOR NATIONAL EMPOWERMENT RESOLVE

to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Malaysia to the 100th anniversary of Merdeka and beyond, and

to propose, facilitate and effect meaningful reform in the principal areas of National Unity, Education, Economy, Democracy & Politics and Female Empowerment by 2057

 

AND FOR THESE ENDS

to encourage and empower all Malaysians and in particular Malaysian youths to participate in nation-building, and

to instill in Malaysians from an early age the values of patriotism, excellence, tolerance and mutual respect

 

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

            Accordingly, the Organisation for National Empowerment hereby commits to the promotion of the mission, principles and methods laid out in this Charter.

 

CHAPTER 1

EDUCATION

With a view to ensuring a cohesive, rigorous and practical education system which prepares Malaysian youths for the demands of the modern world, the Organisation for National Empowerment shall seek the implementation of the following:

 

A clearly defined national curriculum

WHEREBY

  • the learning objectives in respect of each subject are clear and expressly stated; and
  • the learning objectives are to be applied by each and every school across the nation in a streamlined and consistent fashion.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • clear learning objectives in respect of which teachers and students are to strive;
  • the natural blurring of the present divide between national and vernacular schools (through a streamlined and unified system), which will in turn promote a high level of unity between Malaysians of all races and backgrounds from a young age;
  • consistent, comparable and high standards of teaching and learning across the country;
  • a level playing field for all students across the country; and
  • an efficient and effective education system.

 

Empowerment of educators

WHEREBY

  • a teacher’s role is to shift from that of a pure “knowledge-giver” to a “mentor”, meaning that they will facilitate and guide students’ learning process rather than simply delivering “top down” instruction in the traditional sense;
  • lessons will be more interactive, with an emphasis on the use of modern technology to facilitate learning;
  • mentors are to have the flexibility to use any teaching method they consider to be best in a particular situation as long as the required learning outcomes are achieved;
  • mentors are to be more highly qualified not only in terms of being experts in their chosen subject(s) but will also have to undergo special mentorship and IT training; and
  • mentors are to be more handsomely remunerated in light of the above.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • students’ adoption of a more enjoyable attitude towards learning;
  • strong and positive relationships between mentors and students;
  • the empowerment of both mentors and students to teach and learn in dynamic and effective ways; and
  • high standards of learning and mentoring.

 

Fewer topics, fewer classes & fewer standardised examinations

WHEREBY

  • students are to be taught a maximum of two topics per traditional subject per week, with this being reduced to one if the topic in question is particularly broad or complicated;
  • students are permitted to take a maximum of four one-hour classes per day;
  • breaks of fifteen minutes must be scheduled between each class and lunch period must be one hour long;
  • assessments can take the form of projects, take-home assignments and classroom interactions such as quizzes and games but ultimately the learning outcomes in the above stated curriculum must be met.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • a greater and more in-depth understanding of each topic;
  • a greater sense of focus and concentration;
  • a purposeful and practical approach to learning; and
  • a positive and receptive attitude to learning.

 

Enhanced linguistic skills

WHEREBY

  • Bahasa Malaysia will remain the national language, complemented by strong emphasis on English;
  • students must learn and practice the language of the family they are living with under the foster family programme (see above);
  • all students are to practice their Bahasa Malaysia and English during their multi-disciplinary lessons (see further below); and
  • all students are to take a compulsory third language up to at least the age of sixteen.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • a multi-lingual society;
  • a strong appreciation of different languages and cultures; and
  • enhanced communication skills.

 

A multi-disciplinary approach to learning

WHEREBY

  • the amount of time spent in traditional subject-specific lessons such as Mathematics, History and Geography is to be reduced;
  • the remaining time is to be spent in multi-disciplinary sessions during which students are to practice and hone the skills and knowledge they have learned in their subject-specific lessons in a combined setting; and
  • students may choose from a wide array of multi-disciplinary sessions, such as Retail Classes (combining Mathematics, Economics, Language and general communication skills), Climate Change Classes (combining Geography and the Sciences) and Malaysian Culture Classes (combining History, Language, Art, Music and Drama).

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • the development and application of knowledge and skills not only academically but also in a practical context;
  • the acquisition of a broad range of knowledge and skills; and
  • ultimately, the preparation of students for adult working life from a young age.

 

A greater emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills

WHEREBY

  • the above multi-disciplinary approach is taken;
  • questions in the style of problem-based scenarios are regularly posed to students, requiring them to apply their knowledge in a variety of different circumstances;
  • students are required to undertake problem-solving activities both individually and in teams; and
  • mentors should always ensure that they avoid “spoon feeding” and instead lead thought-provoking classes, and should in particular guide students to be creative and produce their own answers (for subjective topics).

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • the development of a high level of critical thinking skills in students from a young age; and
  • the development of both individual and team-based skills.

 

CHAPTER 2

DEMOCRACY & POLITICS

With a view to creating a democratic system which serves the people and is accountable to the people, the Organisation for National Empowerment shall seek the implementation of the following:

 

Publicly-funded elections

WHEREBY

  • political campaigns are to be publicly funded in accordance with strict guidelines;
  • the state shall provide equal air time and a common stage for candidates to campaign;
  • political parties are not to hold assets and any funds generated are to be surrendered to the state;
  • funds spent by political parties are to be fully regulated by the state; and
  • budget of campaign funds and political party finances are to be decided by Parliament in the annual budget.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • the eradication of money politics;
  • a significant or even total reduction of the risk of corruption;
  • complete transparency in the source of funding and spending;
  • maximum scrutiny and accountability;
  • office bearers who are accountable to the people and no other;
  • a level playing field between candidates running for office;
  • a focus on candidates’ talent and ability to serve the people and the nation; and
  • greater cost savings and cost control.

 

Complete separation of powers

WHEREBY

  • the judiciary’s independence is to be unquestionable and unimpeached; and
  • the appointments of the Chief Justice, Auditor General and Head of the Anti-Corruption Commission are to be within the control of the legislature and endorsed by the Yang diPertuan Agong (YDPA).

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • stronger checks and balances to more effectively eradicate corruption and abuse of power; and
  • accountability of public officers to the people rather than to the Executive.

 

Reorganisation of local councils

WHEREBY

  • elected ADUN and Members of Parliament will automatically hold executive roles in local councils (Yang Dipertua) with the power to appoint directors and committee members responsible for the day to day running of the body; and
  • mandatory weekly consultation sessions are to be held with members of the public to solve various issues individuals in the community may have.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • direct accountability of local councils to the people;
  • improved local council services by providing resources to elected representatives who in turn will be better placed to serve the people; and
  • enhanced relationships between the people and their local councils.

 

CHAPTER 3

ECONOMY

In order to secure both socio-economic balance and a flourishing, diversified economy, the Organisation for National Empowerment seeks the implementation of economic policies based largely on capitalism yet with traces of socialism discernible, as follows:

 

  • The achievement of socio-economic balance

THROUGH

  • an approach comprising two phases, involving:
    1. Phase 1: achieving equitable growth by providing assistance to the “catalytic class”, a deserving group of individuals comprising the Bumiputera (excluding high income Bumiputera) and low to low-middle income non-Bumiputera. Assistance to this catalytic class shall take the form of, inter alia, increased access to tertiary education and scholarships to study abroad, discounts on the purchase of a first property, and increased access to business capital;
    2. Phase 2: creating opportunities for all Malaysians on a level playing field once the racial wealth gap is narrowed in Phase 1; and
  • an increase in education about financial management, planning and spending habits.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • fairness for all, and in particular the deserving;
  • an inclusive economy;
  • social security and protection for the disadvantaged;
  • fair and equitable competition; and
  • national harmony, backed by socio-economic balance.

 

Industry Reengineering and Expansion

WHEREBY

  • Malaysia is to initially refocus on key industries in respect of which it has pre-existing competitive advantages, E.g. oil and gas, electronics, Islamic finance, agriculture and biotechnology, textiles and tourism;
  • in order to do so, education grants and scholarships to create talent to meet the demands of the industries should be granted by the government;
  • a retraining system that can systematically retrain talent for these industries is to be set up;
  • once Malaysia achieves maximum efficiency in these industries, the income generated will be pooled into a sovereign wealth fund that has the power to invest significantly in highly technological industries abroad, such as heavy machinery, robotics, automobile, artificial intelligence, aerospace and weaponry; and
  • investment in these industries will then act as an income hedge and source of technology transfer into Malaysia.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • the acceleration of economic diversification;
  • strong economic fundamentals creating resilient, diversified and well-hedged income streams;
  • high paying jobs for large sections of society;
  • an economy that is solidly placed amongst high income countries; and
  • a developed economy that is driven by innovative, high value, sophisticated industries.

 

CHAPTER 4

FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

In seeking equal opportunities and equal treatment across both genders, and in strengthening the importance of the family unit, but also taking into consideration the unique position of women as child bearers, the Organisation for National Empowerment seeks the implementation of the following:

 

Abolition of the pay gap

WHEREBY

  • individuals holding the same position or performing the same roles within a company or organisation are to be paid equal salaries regardless of gender;
  • individuals holding the same position or performing the same roles within a company or organisation are to be offered equivalent benefits (for example, healthcare and transport allowances); and
  • employers have a mandatory duty to justify any proposed difference in pay between individuals appearing to hold the same position or perform the same roles within a company or organisation.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • the eradication of workplace discrimination based on gender; and
  • greater accountability on the part of employers.

 

Affirmative action in the workplace

WHEREBY

  • at least 40 per cent of the workforce in each company or organisation must consist of female employees;
  • at least 30 per cent of individuals in senior management positions in each company or organisation must be female; and
  • the above policies are to be subject to review every five years.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • a correction of the present imbalance favouring males in the workplace;
  • greater opportunities for women in the workforce; and
  • greater opportunities for highly educated and/or highly skilled women in particular.

 

More extensive maternity benefits

WHEREBY

  • every female employee shall be entitled to paid maternity leave for a period of not less than 180 consecutive days in respect of each natural child;
    1. in respect of the first 90 days, each female employee shall be entitled to the full sum of their normal pay;
    2. in respect of the following 60 days, each female employee shall be entitled to 75 per cent of their normal pay; and
  • in respect of the remaining 30 days, a flat rate shall apply;
  • every female employee shall be entitled to reduce their normal working hours by up to 25 per cent until their child turns eight, though their salary may be adjusted accordingly; and
  • every female employee shall be entitled to opt for flexible working hours or the opportunity to work from home in the first year immediately following their return from maternity leave.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • a more conducive environment for new mothers to develop a close relationship with their children from a very early age;
  • the facilitation or encouragement of natural practices such as breastfeeding; and
  • greater opportunities for mothers to be more involved in their child’s early development including the start of their school days.

 

Paternity benefits

WHEREBY

  • every male employee shall be entitled to paid paternity leave for a period of not less than 60 consecutive days in respect of each child;
    1. in respect of the first 30 days, each male employee shall be entitled to the full sum of their normal pay; and
    2. in respect of the remaining 30 days a flat rate shall apply; and
  • every male employee shall be entitled to reduce their normal working hours by up to 25 per cent until their child turns eight, though their salary may be adjusted accordingly.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • a greater level of support for new mothers;
  • a more conducive environment for new fathers to develop a close relationship with their children from a very early age; and
  • greater opportunities for fathers to be more involved in their child’s early development including the start of their school days.

 

Family-friendly work and public environments

WHEREBY

  • every workplace is under a mandatory duty to have at least one designated area for the children of employees;
  • every workplace is under a mandatory duty to have at least one designated area solely for the use of expectant or new mothers; and
  • every public area (such as malls, public libraries and government departments) must have designated areas solely for the use of expectant or new mothers.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • convenience, safety and practicality to cater for occurrences such as parents having to work overtime; and
  • privacy, convenience and comfort to allow breastfeeding, nappy-changing, resting and other such activities.

 

CHAPTER 5

NATIONAL UNITY

The Organisation for National Empowerment, in taking the position that true national unity can only be achieved through a strong spirit of patriotism and belief in the values of tolerance, mutual respect, acceptance and understanding throughout our inherently diverse society, seeks the implementation of a national unity framework as set out below:

 

Enhancing Patriotism

THROUGH

  • the unifying power of sport, in particular sports such as badminton, diving, squash and football, which have great popular appeal and/or in respect of which Malaysian athletes have shown much promise and success; and
  • the empowerment of the performing arts industry, with initiatives such as:
    1. encouraging the addition of more patriotic elements in local films, plays and other such productions;
    2. the showing of productions about Malaysia’s history and development in educational contexts such as schools and universities; and
  • improving the quality of local films and other productions to an international standard, which would allow them to be shown outside Malaysia.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • greater understanding and acceptance of different cultures and traditions in the uniqueness of multiracial Malaysian society;
  • a stronger bond between different communities;
  • the promotion of Malaysia on the national, regional and international stage as a unified, forward-looking country.

 

Promoting Tolerance & Respect

THROUGH

  1. zero tolerance of racism or any kind of discrimination based on religion, beliefs, socio-economic background and the like;
  2. multi-racial schools across the country;
  3. the introduction of a more diverse set of literature in the national curriculum;
  4. a greater emphasis on the traditions, beliefs and practices of different communities in the History curriculum; and
  5. the introduction of a compulsory foster family system, whereby each student is to live with a foster family of a different ethnicity for a period of time and subsequently hopefully maintain the relationship throughout their lives.

 

TO ACHIEVE

  • an appreciation of diversity and the inherent pluralism of Malaysia from a young age; and
  • a strong belief in the values of mutual respect, understanding, tolerance and acceptance from a young age, and to put these into practice in daily life.

 

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