THE 300 “high-powered” youths from 73 countries attending the inaugural Inter-national Conference of Muslim Young Leaders in Kuala Lumpur next month will also visit Putrajaya, Malacca and Penang.
Yayasan Penggerak Wawasan chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik said the young leaders would be visiting Putrajaya to view the modern government machinery, Malacca to observe religious tolerance and racial harmony and Penang to check out the tourist spots and to learn the success story behind its industrialisation policy.
“We hope the conference and site visits will help promote a paradigm shift in the mindset of the new leaders, for the benefit of the world, not only to the Muslims,'' he said after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon recently.
Abdul Rahim said the aim of the conference jointly organised by the Yayasan and the Prime Minister's Department was to expose the young leaders, comprising ministers, deputy ministers, members of parliament and senior officials among others, to Malaysia's success in implementing the new economic policy.
“We want to present the Malaysian experience as a model for the young leaders to promote global peace, prosperity and stability,'' he said, adding the conference would be held from Sept 14 and 16 followed by site visits until Sept 19.
“This is like a prelude to the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries) conference that will be held in October. But politics and religion will not be discussed at this conference.
“The focus of the conference will be on economics and education,'' he said.
Abdul Rahim said apart from coming up with a resolution, the conference would also culminate with the formation of a World Muslim Economic Foundation to help poor Muslim students, among others.
“The foundation can also be used as a networking system to promote trade opportunities all over the world,'' he said, adding that Malaysia would offer to provide free consultation services for those interested.
Dr Koh said the visit would provide a golden opportunity for Penang to promote tourism, education and investment, adding “we will give them a good welcome.''