UUM ONLINE: Putrajaya - The Putrajaya International Security Dialogue (PISD), a high-profile discourse on international security issues scheduled on 5-6 January, commenced with a plenary session entitled "Islam as an Instrument of Moderation and Security."
The discourse session was hosted by UUM Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, featuring three members of the panel i.e. the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dato' Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki; Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Strategic Studies (IKSIM), Dato' Prof. Hj. Mahamad Naser Disa and Senior Professor of the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, Prof. Dr. Huseyin Bagci.
Among others, the members of the panel talked about the real Islamic way of life which emphasises on admirable values such as wisdom and modesty and at the same time forbids the act of discrimination and extremism.
Additionally, the discourse also drew attention to the role of Islamic scholars, religious preachers and community leaders in rectifying the misunderstandings about Islam and in rejecting radical ideology and the approaches they use to mislead the general public.
PISD 2018 which echoes the theme, “Wisdom and Moderation in Countering Terrorism" is organised by the Home Ministry in collaboration with the Rabitah Al-Alami Al-Islami (World Muslim League), a Saudi-based non-governmental organization (NGO).
A total of 20 ministers and deputy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Australia, Britain, France and Indonesia attended the dialogue and they are expected to present the view point of their respective nations. The PISD also features four plenary sessions.
The PISD saw the participation of 1,000 local and international participants including senior diplomats and high commissioners in Kuala Lumpur, representatives of NGOs, academics, senior government officials and students from the local institutions of higher education.
The international dialogue is aimed at promoting Malaysia as a modern and progressive nation which is at the forefront of counter-terrorism and anti-extremism efforts.
The resolutions and findings from the dialogue are expected to set in motion the international cooperation in addressing terrorism.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Home Minister, is scheduled to deliver his keynote address on the second day of the dialogue.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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