‘WASATIYYAH’ TO BE PART OF CUR­RICU­LUM’

Mod­er­a­tion a value that should be in­cul­cated from young, says PM

New Straits Times - - News -

ARFA YUNUS

AND ESTHER LAN­DAU KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE gov­ern­ment plans to in­cor­po­rate wasatiyyah or “prin­ci­ple of mod­er­a­tion” in school co-cur­ricu­lum in an ef­fort to main­tain peace and har­mony in the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said Pu­tra­jaya planned to con­sult lead­ers of ma­jor re­li­gions in the coun­try to in­cul­cate the prin­ci­ple of mod­er­a­tion among the younger gen­er­a­tion, from an early age.

“If we study all re­li­gions, they have uni­ver­sal prac­tices that can be ap­plied to all.

“De­spite our dif­fer­ent faiths, we must stress on the value of (mod­er­a­tion and) to­geth­er­ness — whether it is Chris­tian­ity or Bud­dhism — as th­ese are good prac­tices.

“Other lead­ers must be united. We are plan­ning to (cre­ate mod­er­a­tion).

“We are plan­ning to in­clude this in our school co-cur­ricu­lum,” Na­jib said dur­ing a ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion at the De­wan Rakyat on Mon­day.

He was re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Datuk Oth­man Ab­dul (BN-Pen­dang) on whether the gov­ern­ment had plans to in­cor­po­rate the wasatiyyah con­cept into the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ric­ula and to gather re­li­gious schol­ars to dis­cuss the con­cept.

Ear­lier, Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom) asked on mea­sures taken to main­tain peace and har­mony in the coun­try for the gov­ern­ment to plan pro­grammes to im­prove the stan­dard of liv­ing.

Na­jib said achiev­ing mod­er­a­tion could be a chal­lenge, as whip­ping up anger and ha­tred in some­one was eas­ier than to in­stil tol­er­ance.

He urged lead­ers from across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide to stand united and share the same plat­form on the strug­gle to achieve mod­er­a­tion as a way of life.

Na­jib also said the gov­ern­ment had lined up a five-year strate­gic plan for the wasatiyyah prin­ci­ple from 2016 to 2020, fol­low­ing the cab­i­net’s ap­proval of the Na­tional Wasatiyyah Pol­icy (DWN) on Oct 21 last year.

The five main ob­jec­tives of DWN are:

BOL­STER­ING Malaysians’ un­der­stand­ing of the was­satiyah ap­proach as the be­drock in life;

RE­SOLV­ING so­ci­etal prob­lems stem­ming from ex­trem­ism, rad­i­cal­ism and in­tegrity is­sues;

STRENGTH­EN­ING the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of wasatiyyah to pro­mote a high spirit of mu­tual tol­er­ance among Malaysians;

TO de­velop a har­mo­nious Malaysian iden­tity in ap­pre­ci­at­ing ex­cel­lent val­ues and ethics in all as­pects of life; and,

IN­CUL­CAT­ING mod­er­a­tion as a way of life in all as­pects, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, econ­omy, ad­min­is­tra­tion, so­cial and pol­i­tics.

Na­jib said the Wasatiyyah In­sti­tute of Malaysia un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment, had been ap­pointed as the co­or­di­nat­ing agency in im­ple­ment­ing the ap­proach as a on­estop cen­tre on all mat­ters re­lated to mod­er­a­tion.

“There­fore, the wasatiyyah con­cept, which is based on mod­er­a­tion, sta­bil­ity, ex­cel­lence and fair­ness, is an im­por­tant prac­tice so that Malaysians will not be trapped by the threats of ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism and Is­lam­o­pho­bia.

“The con­cept to be prac­tised uni­ver­sally has now be­come more rel­e­vant.”

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