DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY AND INTEGRATION
(PRIME MINISTER DEPARTMENT)
The government had approved the rebranding of National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to People’s Harmony Consultative Council (PHCC) on 12th June 2019, in accordance with the “Janji 56” in the Pakatan Harapan Government’s Manifesto to take on the unity mission from the government to the community and the nation. The members of the council consist of individuals from various backgrounds such as the political leaders, representatives of non–governmental organizations (NGO), academicians, community activists and the people at the grassroot to advice the government on national unity and reconciliation efforts.
Moving from NUCC platform, PHCC will act as a fully independent body to advise the Government on matters of unity and social wellbeing to uphold the unity agenda. The establishment of this Council is a platform to discuss challenging issues among complex society and identify solutions towards closing the gap which hinder unity. The establishment of PHCC is in line with the needs of the country at present as Malaysia is currently facing various challenges to reduce racial tensions and strengthen national unity. PHCC would act in line with the Federal Constituition in protecting the rights of all races without discriminating any parties especially in upholding Article 4, 8, 12 and 153. The responsibility carried by PHCC would promote unity among a multi-racial community in our beloved country in tandem with the aim of positioning Malaysia globally as a nation that upholds the people’s harmony and prosperity as envisaged in the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision.
In 1974, this agency was rebranded and known as the National Unity Advisory Institution following the replacement of the Ministry of National Unity with National Unity Institution placed under the Prime Minister’s Department. The members were reduced to 16 chaired by Pengerusi Kerja Lembaga Perpaduan Negara.
In 1983, once again it was changed to National Unity Advisory Panel following the abolishment of National Unity Institution and the establishment of National Unity Department.
Consequently, following the establishment of the Ministry of National Unity and Society Development on 27th October 1990, National Unity Department was merged and placed under this ministry and PANEL was chaired by the Minister of National Unity and Society Development.
In 2004, National Unity Department was rebranded as the Department of National Unity and National Integration. Chairman of PANEL was the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department and the membership increased to 53 members.
In 2008, Department of National Unity and National Integration was merged and became an agency placed under a ministry called the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts, and Heritage.
In 2009, this ministry changed again, and Department of National Unity and National Integration was placed as an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department until today.
On 15th September 2011, in the special speech of Malaysia Day, the Prime Minister, in his speech, announced that according to Fasal 3, Perkara 150 Federal Constitution, the enforcement of emergency proclamation was abolished.
The need to establish an agency of unity mechanism to replace PANEL was initiated by the Prime Minister under the concept of national reconciliation. It was suggested as the result of the 13th General Election in May 2013.
Based on the general observation and election trend at the time, indicators of racial polarization began to surface and thus an independent mechanism was needed to discuss and find solutions in dealing with the racial polarization issues and unity.
Therefore, on 11th September 2013, meeting of cabinet ministers agreed to establish an agency known as the National Unity Consultative Council.
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