KANGAR: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim (pic) said that he had no intention of making the proposed "Ekstremisme Agama di Malaysia: Satu Diskusi" (Religious Extremism In Malaysia: A Discussion" as an arena for debate.
He said the invitation extended to Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Malaysian Ahli Sunnah Waljamaah Organisation (Aswaja) president Zamihan Mat Zin to become panel members was to discuss issues on religion in an academic manner.
"I want to explain here that I have never issued a statement wanting to hold a debate between them, except to hold a closed academic discussion," he told reporters here on Saturday.
He was responding to a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir, who said it was unnecessary to hold the discussion.
The programme is not organised to see who wins or loses, but to resolve current problems of the ummah and has been approved by the people at the top, Shahidan added.
"No one wants to come forward to solve the problems and I feel it my responsibility to do something so that the problems could be resolved through discussion, not to blame one another," he said. – Bernama