Ikim willing to help in Thailand


KUALA LUMPUR: The Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) is prepared to help ease tension in southern Thailand by sending Islamic preachers to the troubled region if the Malaysian Government agrees to it. 

Ikim director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob said: “We are prepared to explain the world view and Islamic way of life if the Government gives the go-ahead for the preachers to go there.” 

Last Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra invited Malaysia to send Islamic preachers to southern Thailand to promote a more moderate brand of Islam among the Muslims there to check the militant separatist movement in the region. 

“Militancy is not a part of Islam,” Dr Abdul Monir said after the opening of a seminar on Muslim Family, Parenting Skills and Current Challenges here yesterday. – Bernama         

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