Presentation of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s book

Mr Khalek Awang, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), visited the ASEAN Centre. Mr Khalek presented the centre with a book by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, dedicated to the main ideas behind the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM).

The notion of moderation in politics, international relations, and multi-ethnic and multi-religious interactions is a natural response to radicalism, which has become increasingly visible in various aspects of modern social life. It is no coincidence that the initiative to set up the GMM comes from Malaysia, a country set apart by its ethnic and religious diversity, but which nonetheless stays united and tries to share its positive experiences of racial and religious harmony.

During a meeting with students and professors of MGIMO, Mr Awang spoke of how Malaysia hopes to achieve its vision of moderation in a practical way. The GMM already works closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, and holds regular conferences and meetings in various ASEAN countries. The work of the GMM is concentrated on a few areas. These include the analysis of experiences of good governance in pluralist societies, the development of sound principles of economic development which would prevent the emergence of financial-economic crises and promote sustainable development, the development of principles for the peaceful settlement of international disputes, and the development of the legal sphere. The work of the GMM relates to what is known as “Track One and a Half” diplomacy, under which experts work closely with representatives of official bodies.

Mr Khalek Awang presented the audience with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s book “The Global Movement of Moderates”, in which the main principles ideas of the GMM are set out. The central theme of the book seems simple at first glance, but is highly significant, as it gives a definite answer to many contemporary dilemmas: “We must choose moderation, not extremism. We must choose dialogue, not confrontation. We must work together, not against each other.”

Ekaterina KOLDUNOVA

 



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