January 6, 2015
ALL true Malaysian moderates will warmly welcome Wong
Chun Wai’s sound article, “Moderates
Star, Jan 4).
the voices of the majority of Malaysians who yearn for national unity, peace,
stability and progress with a good quality of life for all.
that moderation has become the People’s Movement. But has it really? I believe
that it is still taking root, but steadily growing.
original G25 of prominent former civil servants, who I am proud to state were
my former colleagues, have shown characteristic strong leadership and
considerable courage. They have now been rightly buttressed by another 10
eminent Malays, with excellent records of our traditional service to God, King
all committed to defending the Federal Constitution and build national
consensus on the proper interpretation and fair implementation of the
Theirs is a
deeply responsible and patriotic response to the negative and disruptive views
of a relatively few fanatics and extremists at the fringe, who are trying to
hijack our beloved country. There are some misguided extremists who are said to
want to emulate the worst kinds of fanatics in countries like Afghanistan!
But as Wong
carefully points out, these extremists have no credible track record. Their
contributions, if any, especially pale into insignificance, when compared to
the achievements of dedicated service to our country by the G25 Plus Malay
intellectuals. The G25 were also quickly and strongly supported by the 33
multiracial personalities and leaders, of which I am a proud member.
We are all
now ready and able to strengthen the G25 Plus and other Malaysian leaders and
NGOs in any initiative to form a Movement of Moderate Malaysians (MMM).
question now arises as to what should be the future initiatives. When and how
should we move the MMM forward?
answer to this vital question of when is - as soon as possible!
must be formed soon. That is, well before the extremists recover from their
shock of the G25 attack against their racism and religious bigotry that can
wreak havoc on our lovely country.
question is - How do we form this MMM?
Coordinating Consultative Committee (CCC) could be formed among the leaders of
the different moderation groups and other NGOs who share the noble values of
this CCC should choose, by consensus, a leader of impeccable record like Tun
Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or someone of similar proven leadership,
outstanding calibre and high integrity, to chair this CCC and plan a programme
of policy and action.
the MMM and CCC should be multiracial and multireligious and comprise leaders
who are well known for their consistent moderate public views and stance
against extremism from all quarters.
Finally, The Star and
its enterprising CEO Datuk Seri Wong deserve our enthusiastic backing for his
initiative to start the Voice of Moderates. However, I think that his belief
that “this spontaneous movement will grow larger, on its own” is somewhat over-optimistic.
movements of this nature, magnitude and significance have to be carefully
nurtured if they are to grow from strength to strength.
This is why
I would also propose a MMM Fund to finance a small secretariat, that could
follow-up on the decisions taken by the CCC. Too many organisations have
started off well but fizzled out because of inadequate administrative and
true Malaysian donates just RM5 to a designated bank account, the MMM should be
able to collect enough funds to sustain the MMM that all moderates want.
The MMM has
to grow and contribute to the expansion of moderation on a sustainable basis.
seriously consider the proposals above, modify and improve them, and then let’s
launch the MMM soon — and Go Forward Malaysia!
Let that be
our 2015 resolution.
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