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Annan calls on Malaysia to take lead in Muslim world

ICC Note: While Malaysia is generally considered to be more moderate than many other Muslim nations, the recent decision by that nation’s highest court that all Muslims in the country fall under sharia law does not bode well. This decision only emboldens those would would like to see the entire nation under sharia law. The fact that the former leader of the UN believes this country should be held up as a model for other is very unfortunate.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13, 2007 (AFP) – Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on Friday called on Malaysia to play a more prominent role in the Muslim world to help overcome international tensions.

Annan praised Malaysia for building a harmonious multi-ethnic society, but said it had been too reticent to exert its leadership among Muslims worldwide.

“You have a wonderful example here of co-existence between various races and religions. There may be tensions but you’ve managed the ethnic mix better than any other society that I can think of immediately,” Annan said during a two-day visit to Malaysia .

“I think your example is something that you should be able to share with the rest of the world where dialogue is sorely needed…”

“The world is looking for new voices of moderation and reason; don’t wait to be asked,” he said.

Malaysia ‘s population of more than 26 million people is 60 percent Malay, 26 percent Chinese and eight percent Indian. Malays are defined as Muslims from birth….

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