Malaysian Prime Minister Speaks at the Sheldonian
HE Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia
In May 2011, HE Dato’ Seri
Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, presented
a lecture in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Speaking on
the subject of ‘The Coalition of Moderates and Inter-Civilizational
Understanding’, the Prime Minister called for ‘a
vanguard of moderates’ from all faiths to ‘stop
being a silent majority and start reflecting the courage
of our conviction’, in order to ‘dissipate the
pull’ of terrorism. This follows in the wake of His
Excellency’s call for a ‘Global Movement of
the Moderates’ at the United Nations last September.
In the light of Malaysia’s cultural,
linguistic, and religious diversity, national unity ‘continues
to be the overriding objective’ of his government.
The Prime Minister stated that Malaysia had managed its
plurality by capitalizing on it: ‘By leveraging the
robustness and dynamism of our diversity, we have created
a foundation for our national resilience.’
At the conclusion of his lecture the Prime
Minister took questions from the audience, after which the
Rt Hon. Jack Straw MP offered the vote of thanks. Beforehand
the Prime Minister and his delegation toured the Centre’s
new building, taking particular note of the Malaysia Auditorium.
Further information to follow.