Closing Address by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Dato Hj Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin at the Global Movement of Moderates Conference
(Kuala Lumpur, 19 January 2012)
Allow me to briefly mention at the outset the historical context in which contemporary discourse about moderation and the moderates emerged. As we know, at the end of the Cold War, many people thought that the war between communism and the West was about to be replaced by a war between the West and Muslims. The Gulf War, the Bosnian conflict, the World Trade Center bombing and the growing influence of Islamist movements in the Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia and across the Muslim world gave an impression that there lies an Islamic threat against the West.