NILAI: The nation’s development needs to be in tandem with the emphasis on humanitarian aspects in order to heighten Islamic understanding more inclusively, said former Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar said, however, at the moment the effort to show Islamic understanding was facing the challenges of knowledge, understanding and attitude. “Our economic view must not be just good governance and no corruption but there must be human values.
“Because, sometimes development in terms of numbers shows stunning growth but the human dimension is marginalised,” he said. He said this in the National Seminar: The Vision of the New Malaysia Aspiration in conjunction with the 47th general assembly organised by ABIM.
Commenting further, Anwar, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s president-elect, said that it was one of the approaches that the government tried to implement today but it needed to be further strengthened.
Anwar, in his speech, also called on Malay children to master the Chinese language as it was an important regional ‘economic language’. “Mastery of other languages must be supported but it does not mean I am defending the Chinese and English languages.
“The Chinese language is a strategic regional economic language at present provided it is accepted without questioning the position of the Malay language as the national language,” he said. --Bernama
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) komited melaksanakan misi pencerahan dan pendidikan kepada umat Islam di negara ini dalam usaha meleraikan sebarang kekeliruan yang timbul. Presidennya, Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim, berkata pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) itu optimis menjalankan kerja dakwah selaras dengan moto perjuanggannya 'Menegakkan Kebenaran Dan Keadilan'.
Katanya, semangat meneruskan perjuangan itu tercetus hasil idealisme, keberanian dan harapan generasi muda yang mahukan masa hadapan lebih gemilang. "Sejak awal penubuhan, ABIM sentiasa meletakkan perjuangan membela nasib rakyat sebagai landasan dan walaupun kini sudah menjadi Malaysia Baharu, agenda membela rakyat tetap sama.
THE Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) urges the government to take action to avert the humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya, as detailed in the United Nations’ Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The report confirms human rights violations inflicted on the Rohingya in Rakhine State.
It implicates the Myanmar armed forces for ethnic cleansing. What makes it more saddening is that the report records torture and sexual abuse of Rohingya women, which transgresses human dignity and decency. These cruel acts occurred along with murder, kidnapping and the expulsion of the Rohingya from their villages.
Abim feels that Malaysia’s commitment to uphold human rights can be increased by urging the international community, especially Asean, to impose diplomatic pressure on Myanmar, so that those responsible are brought to justice and ruthless acts are stopped. The government ought to support efforts to bring those responsible to justice.
Concern for the oppression of the Rohingya transcends geo-political boundaries. Although Myanmar’s membership in Asean has been accepted, it does not mean that the regional body should turn a blind eye to the tragedy that is happening in its neighbourhood. It is must be pointed out that the reason for Asean’s existence is the pursuit of regional peace and prosperity.
Abim hopes the government can apply diplomatic pressure to compel Myanmar to return the rights of the Rohingya, paving the way for conflict resolution and peace.
MOHAMAD RAIMI AB RAHIM President, Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim)
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