KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-Indonesia bilateral ties enter a new chapter today when 1,500 Malaysian and Indonesian university alumni gather for a conference to discuss ways to mitigate the ills of globalisation.
Two policy papers will take centre stage at the one-day conference, one of which deals with the threat posed by globalisation while the other focuses on how the Malaysia-Indonesia alumni can combine efforts to develop the Islamic economy and make it the thrust of the national economy.
The conference, dubbed the Nusantara Alumni Gathering, is led by the Malaysian-Indonesian People’s Alliance Foundation (YIRMI) and will be held at the International Islamic University Malaysia’s (IIUM) campus in Gombak. The participants comprise Malaysians who graduated from Indonesian universities and Indonesians who graduated from Malaysian universities.
“These intellectuals are a force to be reckoned with and they have yet to be mobilised for the benefit of the two nations,” YIRMI Malaysia chairman and founder Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim told Bernama.
The first-ever Nusantara Alumni Gathering is scheduled to be opened by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has always championed closer ties between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Indonesia’s former Justice and Human Rights Minister Prof Dr Yusril Ihza Mahendra will also deliver a keynote address at the conference.
YIRMI Indonesia chairman Saiful Hadi said it would not be surprising if the resolutions from the gathering were eagerly anticipated by other countries that wished to implement them.
“Our countries already have well-established syariah banking systems. Now we have to venture further to inject Islamic principles into other aspects, one at a time,” Yusril said.
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