KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says, the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 is not meant to discriminate or isolate any countries but only attempts to come up with proposals and solutions that are acceptable and workable for the Muslim world.
“We are not discriminating or isolating anyone. We are attempting to start small and if these ideas, proposals, and solutions are acceptable and proved workable.
“Then we hope to take it up to the larger platform for consideration,” said the Prime Minister in his welcoming address at the summit here on Thursday (Dec 19).
The objectives of the summit were not to discuss religion but instead the state of affairs in the Muslim world, which he described as in “a state of crisis”, Dr. Mahathir, who is the summit chairman, said.
“Everywhere we see Muslim countries being destroyed, their citizens forced to flee their countries, forced to seek refuge in non-Muslim countries.
“Many thousands, die during their fight and many more were refused asylum.
“On the other hand, we see Muslims perpetrating violent acts, killing innocent victims, men, women, children, the sick and the incapacitated,” he added as he explained that the summit needs to discuss how Islamophobia is generated.
“It is for these reasons that the summit meeting is organized. At the very least, through our discussion, we may find what went wrong.
“We may even find solutions, if not to end these catastrophes at least to awaken the Islamic world, the ummah of the need to recognize the problems and their causes,” he said.
The Muslim world also had to deal with fratricidal wars, civil wars, failed governments and many other catastrophes that have plagued the Muslim ummah and Islam without any serious effort being made to end or reduce them and to rehabilitate the religion, he said.
“We have seen other countries devastated by the Second World War not only recovering quickly but growing strongly to become developed. But a few Muslim countries seem unable even to be governed well, much less to be developed and prosper.
“Is it our religion that is in the way? Is it that Islam is against worldly success and becoming a developed country? Or is it the Muslims themselves who prevent their countries from being governed well, from being developed,” he asked.
“Understanding the problems and their causes may enlighten us on the way to overcome or mitigate the disasters that have befallen the ummah,” explained Dr. Mahathir.
The event was seen attended by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his wife Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani are also present.