Thai prime minister gives thumbs up for Global Movement of Moderates
THAI Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday gave the thumbs up for the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) policy initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a means of fighting extremism.
She said Thailand, which is Malaysia’s second-largest trade partner, firmly believed moderation was the key to peace and development and this was reflected in their policies and efforts to resolve the conflict in the southern provinces.
“That and our king’s philosophy of sufficient economics and advice to understand, reach out and develop,” she said, referring to the eight-year-old conflict which sparked off when suspected separatists resumed their armed campaign for independence for the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.
“As a member of Asean, we see our cooperation as the key to Asean community-building, regional connectivity, peace and prosperity, with Malaysia scheduled to be the Asean chair in 2015.
“Thailand is confident that the launch of the Asean community will be in good hands. We look forward to Asean being the key driver of the economic growth and stability in the wider Asia-Pacific region,” added Yingluck.
Najib first made the call in his maiden speech at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2010, where he urged moderates from all faiths to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists.
Since then, the idea has evolved and put Malaysia in the forefront internationally, most significantly at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where it became part of CHOGM’s Final Communique, and at the recent International Conference of GMM here, which drew nearly 500 participants worldwide, including diplomats based in Malaysia.
Later, Yingluck and her delegation were granted an audience by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara.
Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Richard Riot and Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain.
Yingluck was accompanied by, among others, Thai Defence Minister Sukumpol Sawanatat and senior government officials.
This is her maiden visit to Malaysia after assuming office in August last year. She was scheduled to visit Malaysia in October last year but postponed the trip due to the massive floods in Thailand.
Yingluck and her delegation later attended a dinner hosted by Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, at Seri Perdana, the prime minister’s official residence.
Source : New Straits Times