KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 (Bernama) — Several delegates at the inaugural International Conference on the Global Movement of Moderates (ICGMM) have given a very positive response to the setting up of the Institute of Wasatiyyah announced by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the institute would help create awareness on the concept of wasatiyyah (moderate).
“With the setting up of the institute, there will be manpower and continuity in the global movement of moderate,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the ICGMM at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.
Announcing the formation of the institute in his keynote address at the opening of the ICGMM, the prime minister said the institute would further the pursuit of moderation and balance in all aspects of life.
He said the institute would be operating as part of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said the institute could become a centre for ideas to combat extremism as the concept of moderation should be the basic struggle of political parties and other movements.
Supporting Najib’s view that extremists should be identified and dealt with, Nasharuddin said the world was facing extremism in many forms.
Former Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia would cooperate with Malaysia in enhancing the moderate movement to curb radicalism from external influence.
“Indonesia and Malaysia have strong ties in economic, politics and religion as we come from the same roots. Although in our journey we encountered slight conflicts, this is normal as they are quickly resolved,” he added.
The radical movement in Indonesia is confined to small groups due to external influence, he said, adding that:
“If there is moderate, there must be radical. It is impossible to have all moderate. These small groups came into existence due to external influence after the Al-Qaeda, Shiites and Sunnis spread their tentacles in the open world,” he said.
Adeleke Sakiru, a delegate from Nigeria, said that the formation of the Institute of Wasatiyyah was very good idea.
“It’s good because if we have seen war in some parts of the world, so anything that would bring peace is good,” he said.
Source : Bernama