The first DAP inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational
dialogue on the topic "PAS Terengganu Government - Towards A Just Malaysia"
featured Terengganu PAS Mentri Besar, Haji Hadi Ahmad Awang and four
senior state executive councillors, Mustapha Ali (Economic Development,
Petroleum and Industry), Harun Taib (Education, Dakwah and Syariah Implementation),
Wan Abdul Muttalib Embong (Local Government and Housing) and former
President Tun Salleh Abas (Special Tasks & Hisbah).
These two DAP inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogues with Hadi and Nik Aziz are only the first two steps in a "journey of a thousand miles" to create a new Malaysia where there is compatibility between democracy and Islam to promote justice, freedom and good governance.
In the next four to five years, inter-party, inter-religious and inter-civilisational forums must be held in various parts of the country and involve leaders from all religions and all political parties, both Barisan Alternative and Barisan Nasional if they are willing, to break the shackles of the past of inter-racial, inter-religious and inter-cultural suspicion and distrust to build a new Malaysia based on the principles of justice, freedom, democracy and good governance.
I said on Friday that political Islam in Malaysia can only succeed in winning the support of Malaysians, both Muslim and non-Muslim, by demonstrating that it is full committed to the principles of justice, freedom, democracy and good governance and it is my hope that the series of inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogues in the next few years will make an important contribution towards constructing a new political paradigm in Malaysia based on the compability of Islam and democracy.