By Ajwad Amal
GOMBAK, 14 March 2017: A roundtable discussion on Rohingya crisis was conducted here in IIUM on Monday (13 March) with Malaysia’s former Foreign Minister, who was also former Special Envoy of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, giving his keynote address.
The session was organised to discuss the outcome of the OIC conference on Rohingya crisis held last January in Kuala Lumpur and to find out more academically on the working plan and the experts’ strategies in solving this issue.
“There is no such thing in my view (named as) the Muslim world. I think there is such a thing (named) as Ummah,” said Tan Sri Syed Hamid at the beginning of his deliberation. He also mentioned the term used by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) since his lifetime and said it should continue to be fought by the Muslim community.
There are several objectives of the discussion, among which, to discuss the current initiative relating to the Rohingya crisis, to discuss the role of Malaysia and Muslim countries in dealing with the issue, to discuss the source of the problem and solutions in handling current situation, and to discuss on organising of the UN-OIC-ASEAN dialogue on Rohingya crisis.
Meanwhile, IIUM President, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, in his welcoming speech said, “We need more assistance from OIC and beyond that we need a better platform for Myanmar to say and to do things.”
The round table discussion was organised by the International Institute of Muslim Unity (IIMU) in collaboration with Muslim World Research Centre (MWRC). It was held at Senate Hall, Rectory Building. Also present at the discussion was the President, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, and IIUM rector, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin.
The discussion also involved three panelists – Professor Dr. Kamar Oniah Kamaruzaman (IIMU), Prof. Dr. Abdullahil Ahsan (KIRKHS), and Associate Professor Isharaf Hossian (MWRC).***
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