The international conference held on 7 September in Shah Alam, organised by the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), was primarily a venue for Muslims active regionally in the Islamic movement to gather and benefit from insights of leaders on what has worked, what global issues confront the movement and how they may be addressed. The conference was opened by YAB Dato’ Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Chief Minister of Selangor.
The Islamic movement in Southeast Asia has successfully promoted a moderate form of Islamic renaissance, which no doubt is a reason for its success. The keynote address was delivered by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, co-founder of ABIM and IIIT. Anwar called for governance in Muslim countries that applies justice, considers a maqasid al-Shariah approach, and provides economic empowerment to the people. Reform must give priority to da’wah (inviting to Islam), education and training, as well as public awareness. The linking of da’wah and daulat (government) was made by a number of speakers. Anwar highlighted the successful Malaysian experience of peaceful and tolerant relations with Hindu and Buddhist compatriots.