THE ROLE OF MODERATE YOUTHS IN PEACE AND SECURITY
Recognising the role of youths in peace and security, Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) with the support of Majlis Perwakilan Mahasiswa Malaysia Jordan (MPMM) is co-organising a seminar on ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ in University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan from November 25 to 26, 2016.
The organisation of the seminar is held against the backdrop of an alarming number of vulnerable youths who have been deceived by the propaganda perpetrated by notorious terrorist movement Da’esh to becoming its sympathisers, supporters and even suicide bombers, leading to the loss of many innocent lives.
Scheduled to be attended by 500 Malaysian undergraduates in Jordan, the seminar is aimed at debunking the myths and revealing the true colours of Da’esh, refuting the theological foundations of extremism from the perspective of Islamic philosophy of moderation – Al-Wasatiyyah, sharing the facts that the global threats of radicalisation, extremism and militancy is causing public safety and security issues in the current global context and specifically, to encourage the youths to support the Malaysian authorities in executing counter-narrative initiatives.
The seminar’s objective is consistent with GMMF’s initiatives in campaigning for the voices of moderation to reclaim the centre stage by providing an open and inclusive platform to directly engage the diverse stakeholders including the youths in moderation discourses and dialogues within a peaceful co-existence framework.
The young participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and exchange views with the panellists who are expert, scholar and practitioner in the field of religion and violent extremism.
The Executive Chairman and CEO of GMMF, Dato’ Dr. Nasharudin Mat Isa will deliver a keynote address, titled ‘The Moderation Approach in dealing with Extremism, Liberalism and Pluralism’ and a working paper on ‘Propelling the Thoughts of Moderation and Counter Narratives in Confronting Extremism’ prior to the Malaysian Ambassador to Jordan, His Excellency Zakri Jaafar officiating the launching of the event.
Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit Assistant Director, DCP Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay will present two working papers on ‘The Threats of Militancy and Extremism to the Country’ and ‘The Crisis of ISIS Ideology: Impact, Influence and Approaches by Malaysian Authorities’.
The Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies of UKM, Prof. Dr Wan Kamal Mujani will present two working papers from the perspective of Wasatiyyah, namely ‘Appreciating the Practices of Moderation in Nation Building: Reality and Challenges’ and ‘The Role of Youths in Countering Extremism” in addition to a presentation from a local Jordanian scholar from the University of Mu’tah, Dr. Showaish Almahameed on the role and views of religion toward countering violent extremism.
The seminar, a continuation of GMMF’s engagement with young Malaysians studying abroad, is held in collaboration with Education Malaysia Jordan and five youth organisations – Persatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia IRBID (PERMAI), Persatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia Universiti Mu’tah (PERMATA), Persatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia Al-Albayt (PRISMA), Persatuan Pelajar Mahasiswa Malaysia Amman (PPMA) and Moderate Youth Movement (MYMT).
The event, besides being a launching pad for further discourses with young Malaysians in the Middle East, is also part of a series of GMMF engagements to further propel students – be it Malaysian or otherwise – to actively participate and affiliate themselves with the global movement of moderates.
Held in conjunction with Persidangan Tahunan Mahasiswa Malaysia Se-Jordan kali ke-11 (PERMATA XI), it is hoped that the seminar will successfully propagate the value of moderation and Wasatiyyah to counter the spread, influence and consequences of extremist ideologies among the Malaysian youths, especially those pursuing their studies overseas.
Dato’ Dr. Nasharudin Mat Isa
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Global Movement of Moderates Foundation