Movers and shakers to speak at conference in Ipoh

Dr Wan Sabri (centre) speaking to reporters at the fifth World Conference of Islamic Thoughts and Civilisation (WCIT) press conference.

A HOST of notable public figures will be giving talks at the fifth World Conference of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (WCIT).

Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS) Academic and Student Affairs deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wan Sabri Wan Yusof said among the speakers were Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Georgetown University Religion and International Affairs and Islamic Studies Professor John Louis Espocito, Syrian-born American Islamic scholar Shaykh Muhammad Yahya al-Ninowy, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and Ugandan senior presidential advisor Kirunda Kevejinja.

“We also have Bibliotheca Alexandrina founding director Ismail Serageldin, who some say is the smartest man in Egypt to speak at the conference.

“Also in attendance would be Turkish ambassador to Malaysia, Merve Kavakci, who was once evicted from Parliament for wearing a tudung in 1999 and The Wahid Institute director Yenny Wahid, the daughter of former Indonesia president Abdurrahman Wahid,” he said at a press conference.

“The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah will open the conference and give his royal address,” he added.

Dr Wan Sabri said the conference, themed “Securing the Future”, will be held at Casuarina@Meru Hotel over three days starting July 16.

“The conference aims to have a participation of about 1,200 delegates, with five sub-themes to be discussed.

“The sub-themes are economic affairs, health and environment, religious cultural language, humanity, security and arts and leadership in the future,” he said.

Dr Wan Sabri said apart from the talks, there would also be forums and special presentations, parallel sessions on academic papers presentation and arts exhibition, involving local and foreign movers and shakers.

“There will be an inter-faith interactive session involving speakers such as Soka Gakkai International Malaysia Chapter president Michael Kok Fook On and the Vatican ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Salvador Marino,” he added.

Dr Wan Sabri said the theme “Securing the Future” was used to maintain the continuance of ideas for the future.

“It is also parallel to the themes of previous WCIT like ‘Future World’ in 2016 and ‘Global Peace’ last year.

“It is also in line with the setting up of a guideline to be achieved by the Islamic world in the future, including global peace,” he said.

He said Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu would be hosting a dinner for the delegates at his official residence on the second day and closing the conference on the last day.

“USAS will also be holding a dinner after the closing ceremony at the hotel to collect donations for the university’s development wakaf with the cooperation from the All Women Expedition to Antarctica,” he said.

For details, call 05-773 2333 or 0112-2058 0258, email or visit or its Facebook page at WCIT2018.

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