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Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 7:30:56 AM
PETALING JAYA: While the voices of extremism are often heard, it does not in any way reflect the sentiment of the majority of Malaysians, said Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Foundation CEO Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“At the moment, the common narrative about Malaysia that is often projected internationally are extreme voices, but in reality, the majority of Malaysians are far from that,” he said.
In an interview on GMM’s role here yesterday, Saifuddin said: “We want to be a facilitator and a storyteller for all stakeholders, including civil society and the business communities, to show to the international community that Malaysia is a moderate country.”
Malaysia, he added, needed to make the necessary changes and prepare itself before assuming the Asean chairmanship in 2015.
“Malaysia is currently in transition from a developing nation to a full-fledged developed country. Other countries have high expectations of us.
“We aim to increase people-to-people diplomacy and participation in civil society.
“For instance, we can be a platform to voice civil society’s views on issues such as the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,” he said.
The Asean chairmanship is currently held by Cambodia, before being passed to Brunei and Myanmar next year.
Saifuddin also noted that GMM would be giving input to the Government on various issues, such as human rights, legislation and international policies aimed at improving areas pertaining to rights and freedoms.
Saifuddin also revealed that GMM was partly involved in preparations to receive Chinese President Xi Jinping in Malaysia from Oct 4-6.
“We have been assigned by Wisma Putra to hold a roundtable discussion between Asean and China to foster and strengthen the relationship and collaboration between the two.”
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