Hornbill Unleashed

September 23, 2016

Unesco hails M’sia for stance against violent extremism

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Irina-BokovaUnesco Director-General Irina Bokova has paid tribute to Putrajaya for its firm stance against violent extremism.

Calling Malaysia a country which helps to advance education for peace, Bokova said Unesco shared its vision of an inclusive society that gained strength from diversity.

She said under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership, the government had taken a strong stance against violent extremism through inclusion and education.

This, Bokova said, was considered by Unesco as one of the most effective, long-term preventive measure against forces which threatened to divide societies.

She said Malaysia’s National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 could be an example to other countries.

Praising Malaysia for its respect for diversity, Bokova said this was reflected in the choice of Kuala Lumpur to host the new Regional Counter-Messaging Communication Centre, to be established under a Unesco programme.

She said this was also in line with Najib’s call for a Global Movement of Moderates against Extremism.

She added that Malaysia, along with Indonesia, had encouraged nationwide discussions on religious teachings to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.

Bokova said this very “spirit of dialogue and openness” echoed Unesco’s efforts to promote peace and dignity through education, culture and the sciences.

She also made special mention of Permata, whose patron is Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor.

Bokova said Permata stands as an outstanding example of inclusion, reaching out to the most marginalised segments in society, from an early age, to provide better opportunities for children.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rosmah was set to receive the “Lead by Example” award on behalf of Permata, at an event co-organised by Bokova.

It was subsequently reported by the New York Times that the Permata award had been cancelled over concerns on Permata’s source of funding.

Later on, Najib’s Press Secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Ahmad said Rosmah and the Malaysian Government had never applied for the award in the first place and Permata’s funding was transparent.

He said neither Rosmah nor Permata would accept the award to avoid further distraction from work focused on Malaysian children.

FMT Reporters Online



  1. Please ask PM why he has failed to explain how US$681 was wired into his Personal Account and DOJ named MO1 as the accessory to the US$3.5 Billions stolen from Malaysian People.Any leader with dignity or self-respect would have step-down as Prime Minister after being confirmed by UMNO Minister Rahman Dahlan that MO1 is indeed PM Najib.Instead of resigning,PM Najib challenged anyone to stand against him in Pekan for the 14th GE and he will win by over 40,000 votes.It is a sad day for Malaysia, when we have leaders who failed to lead by example and worse still,in this instance,after being caught with his pants down,PM Najib is justifying his hold to power by challenging others to take on him in Pekan,so how to walk the talk.

    Comment by ikan bakar — September 24, 2016 @ 7:55 PM | Reply

  2. They said in high chair and air conditioned rooms. What do they know about poverty and those marginalised, neglected and forgotten children of the orang asli and natives of Sarawak and Sabah? Do they know that from suppliers to caterers, they are all linked to Rosmah Mansor?

    Comment by Danny Jacob — September 24, 2016 @ 1:31 PM | Reply

    • She should attend Umno General assembly or the butt dance of Ali Tinju to better understand the real situation.

      Comment by Richie — September 24, 2016 @ 4:31 PM | Reply

  3. What does she know when she never lives in Malaysia and visit our rural schools?

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — September 24, 2016 @ 9:33 AM | Reply

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