KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today mooted Malaysia’s moderation concept as a template to end global wars and conflicts like the unending violence in Gaza, saying the voices of moderates could drown out those of bigots and extremists.
The prime minister told an international forum on war and conflict this morning that “moderation” was the underpinning value used as guidance to end the 40-year conflict in southern Philippines, in which Malaysia had acted as facilitator.
“If all of us, irrespective of our faiths, believe in moderation, then the voice of moderation will replace those of extremist intolerance, hatred and bigotry,” Najib (picture) said in his opening address at the International Forum 2012, held in conjunction with Umno’s general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.
The signing of the Framework Agreement between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on October 15 saw the establishment of a new autonomous Muslim homeland in Mindanao or the “Bangsamoro”.
Najib said the Bangsamoro process had been helped along by a readiness to establish peace by both sides in the agreement, and most importantly, the existence of Malaysia as a third party and “honest broker” to bolster peacekeeping efforts.
He said a third party in any peace process must be a truly “honest broker” or achieving reconciliation between two warring factions would not be possible.
“This could be a template to be used in other situations which may be more complex.
“Certainly, the Gaza and Palestinian issue is hugely more challenging and complex but I have urged, and others have urged, for (US President) Barack Obama to intervene and do something,” he said.
Malaysia’s Parliament recently agreed to condemn of Israel’s latest armed aggression operation against the Palestinians called the “Pillar of Defence”, which was launched in Gaza earlier this month, resulting in deaths of hundreds.
Najib said in the pursuit of peace, all parties in any conflict must discard the “eye for an eye” approach, moving instead towards promoting a “culture of peace” to resolve differences.
He said such a culture brings together all actors and can be undertaken by community and religious leaders, parents, families, teachers, artists, professors, journalists, students and, in general, people from all walks of life.
“It sets its goals not on the principle of an eye for an eye but on tolerance, solidarity and dialogue to settle differences and heal wounds,” he said.
Najib added that Malaysia’s call for a global movement of moderates is a significant contribution that the country could make to global peacekeeping efforts.
“We have been clear, honest and open in our desire to make this world a peaceful place.
“As a small developing nation, this is the role most suited to us Malaysians, drumming up support for people affected by conflict who have been among the biggest victims of bloodshed no matter where in the world,” he said.