Malaysia can lead the way to a more inclusive world as it have diverse and multiracial society, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He said the nation’s diverse heritage offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping a new era of global ethical governance as it stands uniquely positioned to be a beacon in this discourse since the country is a nation where major civilisations interact in the mainstream of social and political development.
In his he Prime Minister said Malaysia stands uniquely positioned in the discourse of social and political development.
“Our diverse heritage offers us a unique perspective and the opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping a new era of global ethical governance.
“This new paradigm, drawing lessons from our rich civilisations, promises to be more inclusive and representative of the global population.
“As we reflect on the myriad challenges before us, it becomes clear that they all converge on the most fundamental issue of ethics,” he said in his keynote address at the Islam-Confucianism Leadership Dialogue (ICLD) today.
Anwar added that Confucianism and Islam share similar emphasis on the idea of moral empowerment and the way to its realisation.
Drawing from ancient philosophies, he said, would teach the people about balance, ethical conduct, and the importance of considering the collective good.
“This idea is integral to enlightened leadership in both traditions. In Confucianism, the way is referred to as ‘inner cultivation’ which is hardly different from the Quran’s “tazkiatun nafs’ (purification of the soul).
“They remind us that our actions and innovations must be grounded in moral and ethical principles. As we move forward in this age of rapid technological advancement and environmental crisis, these teachings can guide us towards more sustainable, equitable and ethical paths,” he said.
Anwar gave example of the Malaysia Madani concept, where environmental sustainability was among the six pillars of the national policy framework.
“It is imperative to understand that the relationship between man and nature is not merely one of utility, but one of profound interconnectedness and respect.
“It is in understanding this relationship that we find the roots of many of our global challenges – challenges that are, at their core, a reflection of humanity’s actions and decisions,” he said.
At the event, Anwar also spent almost 30 minutes in a virtual discourse with prominent Confucian scholar Prof Tu Wei Ming.
Tu is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Asia Centre at Harvard University.
Anwar also launched the new edition of the Islam and Confucianism: A Civilisation Dialogue book at the ceremony.
Also present are Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang, Boao Confucian Entrepreneurs Forum president Prof Li Honglei and ICLD organising committee chairman Lee Chean Chung. – TMR