UK interest in ‘Wassatiyyah’ initiative
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.