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Anwar: Malaysia must show the world what harmony is all about

Publish date: Wed, 29 Nov 2023, 01:36 PM

KKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must lead the way in setting the example of a more inclusive world where harmony thrives seamlessly amidst the multiplicity of races, religions, nationalities and genders, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In his keynote address at the 2023 Islam-Confucianism Leadership Dialogue (ICLD) conference, the prime minister said the nation's diverse heritage offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping a new era of global ethical governance.

Malaysia, he said, stands uniquely positioned to be a beacon in this discourse since the country is a nation where major civilisations interact in the mainstream of social and political development.

"This new paradigm, drawing lessons from our (various) rich civilisations, promises to be more inclusive and representative of the global populace.

"As we reflect on the myriad challenges before us, it becomes clear that they all converge on the most fundamental issue of ethics.

"By embracing the wisdom of Islam and Confucianism, we can work towards a future that is not only technologically advanced but also morally enlightened," he said.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing, Centre Of Regional Strategic Studies (Cross) chairman Lee Chean Chung and Boao Confucian Entrepreneurs Forum president Professor Li Honglei were present.

Also in attendance was the prime minister's wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Anwar said Confucianism and Islam share similar emphasis on the idea of moral empowerment and the way to its realisation, which is integral to enlightened leadership in both traditions.

"In Confucianism, the way is referred to as 'inner cultivation', which is hardly different from the Quran's tazkiatun nafs (purification of the soul).

"Islam has a similar teaching on the intrinsic connection between inner peace and external peace. The key word is Islam itself, which means both submission and peace.

"The idea of dar al-Islam, which means abode of peace, applies to both peace in the heart and peace in society. Both Islam and Confucianism emphasise the pursuit of inner and external peace," he said.

On the 2023 ICDL, Anwar described the dialogue as important and that it cannot be overstated against the backdrop of the global situation where the world is witnessing an alarming resurgence in identity politics.

Jointly organised by the Al-Ghazali Chair of Islamic Epistomology and Civilisational Studies and Renewal, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation of International Islamic University of Malaysia (ISTAC-IIUM), Cross and the Southeast Asia Research Centre for Humanities, Anwar said the conference embodies "policy in action".

"By focusing on the points of convergence between Islam and Confucianism, we are actively choosing to diverge from the path of discord.

"Indeed, we are actively turning our backs on the narcissism of small differences so that we can rise above the din and soar to the higher notes of harmony.

"This approach is of paramount importance in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society such as Malaysia," he said.

Ancient philosophies as promoted in Islam and Confucianism, said Anwar, educated governments around the world on the importance of establishing balance, ethical conduct and the collective good.

He added that such philosophies are also espoused and upheld in one of the pillars of his unity government.

"They remind us that our actions and innovations must be grounded in moral and ethical principles. As we move forward in this age of rapid technological advancement and environmental crises, these teachings can guide us towards more sustainable, equitable, and ethical paths."

Anwar later spent about 30 minutes in a discourse with historian, philosopher and educator Professor Tu Wei-Ming, who was speaking online at the dialogue.

Tu is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Asia Centre at Harvard University.

Anwar also launched the new edition of the Islam and Confucianism: A Civilisation Dialogue book at the ceremony.

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