UK in­ter­est in ‘Was­satiyyah’ ini­tia­tive

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LON­DON: Malaysia’s ini­tia­tive on moder­a­tion, known as “Was­satiyyah”, has at­tracted in­ter­est in the United King­dom.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said UK Home Sec­re­tary Amber Rudd had in­di­cated in­ter­est to help promote the con­cept in­ter­na­tion­ally to ad­dress ter­ror­ism.

“In prin­ci­ple, they are will­ing to work with Malaysia to or­gan­ise a con­ven­tion on Was­satiyyah in the UK.

“This is recog­ni­tion of the ef­forts made by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak to promote Is­lamic prac­tices that are in line with the teach­ings of Is­lam,” he told Malaysian jour­nal­ists here.

Ah­mad Zahid, who ar­rived on Mon­day for a five-day work­ing visit, said this devel­op­ment showed the UK gov­ern­ment ap­pre­ci­ated the mea­sures taken by Malaysia to ad­dress ter­ror­ism and also its sys­tem to promote har­mony among Malaysia’s multi-racial and multi-re­li­gious pop­u­la­tion, Ber­nama re­ported.

In his dis­cus­sions with Rudd on the con­cept of moder­a­tion, Ah­mad Zahid said he sug­gested the UK ap­point a mufti to find sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the fol­low­ers of var­i­ous sects in the UK to en­able moder­a­tion pro­grammes to be im­ple­mented among the masses.

They also ex­changed views on is­sues of com­mon in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism and mea­sures to ad­dress the prob­lem that in­clude de-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­grammes used by Malaysia.

Ah­mad Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said his UK coun­ter­part had also sug­gested that Malaysia host the Global Child Abuse Con­ven­tion.

Ah­mad Zahid takes a we­fie with stu­dents dur­ing a din­ner event with Malaysians at the Felda-owned Ho­tel Park City Grand Plaza in Lon­don on Tues­day.

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