Muhyiddin: Malaysians and Indonesians can ensure this together

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013

JAKARTA: Malaysians and Indonesians should continue to work together to promote moderation through dialogue, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

Citing the country's example of acting as a moderator in resolving the long-standing conflict between the Philippine government and Bangsamoro folk in Mindanao, the Deputy Prime Minister said the spirit of tolerance and mutual respect in Malaysia enabled racial and religious tolerance to flourish.

“The key to civilisational co-existence is moderation,” he said in his talk Regional Peace and Stability Through Moderation at the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Round Table Forum here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the movement could ensure continuous peace globally and spearhead efforts towards curbing extremism internationally.

“The real dividing line is not Muslims and non-Muslims or developing and developed countries but between moderates and the extremists.

“Practising everything in moderation means rejecting all forms of extremism, not just in religious teachings but all aspects of life,” he added.

Launching the new Malaysia Hall here, Muhyiddin urged Malaysian students to act as “little ambassadors” in helping to forge closer ties with Indonesia.

“The hall symbolises the country's achievement in Indonesia, thus it is the responsibility of all to preserve its good name” he said in his speech before launching the hall located at Jalan HOS Chokroaminoto in Central Jakarta.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the RM3.79mil facility was able to accommodate 6,004 students.

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