Scholars flay bid to impose Western-type democracy

ABU DHABI - Prominent scholars have flayed what they termed as 'suspicious' circles in the West for their hostile campaign against the Arab and Islamic world.

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Thu 15 May 2003, 11:41 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:01 PM

Addressing a one-day symposium organised by the Abu-Dhabi-based Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up yesterday, the scholars warned against the hostile campaign aimed at imposing the Western-style democracy in the Islamic world and threatening Islamic unity.

The symposium discussed the 'Contributions of Malaysia in developing Islamic economies'.

It shed light on the remarkable success achieved by the Malaysian government in facing the economic crisis that the country and other neighbouring countries suffered in 1997, and how Malaysia could overcome this crisis and then promote the Malaysian economy where it could attain high rates of growth.

The symposium also dealt with a number of topics including a review of Dr Mahathir's career and struggle in the past 22 years, the economic achievements during his rule, internal achievements, security and stability, adopting a new vision in monocracy which mixes democracy, nationalism, and the application of Islamic rules, especially in matters such as the family and the personal status. It also dealt with Dr Mahathir's consistent efforts at continuing his policies and principles inside his party and also inside the government after the termination of his term in October 2003.

Malaysia's contributions to the Muslim world, applying Islamic principles to certain aspects of life, support of Islamic questions at the international level, defending Islam against any attempts of distortion or attacks and attitude towards terrorism, policies towards the Arab world, support of the Palestinian question, attitude towards the war on Iraq and the American plans regarding the Arab nation and the Middle East were also discussed.

Keynote speakers included Tan Sri Sanusi Junied, former Minister of Agriculture and President of the International Islamic University in Malaysia, and Dr Ahmed bin Hussain, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University Sains, Penang, Malaysia.

In an inaugural speech, Mohammed Khalifa Al Murrar, Executive Director of the Centre said Malaysia's sudden transition from the third world league to advanced industrial countries' club made some superpowers to plot against this Islamic supremacy which appeared as a major threat to those powers.

He said despite the setback suffered by Malaysia in the 90s as a result of those conspiracies, it succeeded in pushing ahead with its development plans and had now become a major economic power in the world.

Mr Murrar said the emergence of Malaysia could not have been possible without the vision of Dr Mahathir Mohammed.

Malaysian Ambassador to UAE, Dato Syed Hussain Abdul Qadir Al Habshee, said: "Everybody knows the continuation of the hostile campaigns which are waged by "suspicious" circles against the Arab and Islamic world for a long time."

He said it was an established fact that no one, including the Western media, would deny the progress achieved by Malaysia under the leadership of Dr Mahathir.

In his paper, titled 'Dr Mahathir: A comparative study with a number of world leaders', Prof. Junied said Muslims had failed to unite under the umbrella of Islam, adding that all attempts for Islamic unity had encountered conspiracies by enemies of Islam. He cited the failure of more than 30 Islamic organisations in forming a union or an Islamic council to be affiliated to.

Dr Ahmed bin Hussain, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University Sains, presented a paper titled: 'Malaysia after Mahathir: Continuity of Change'.

He said Mahathirsm is a distinctive and coherent ideology which has been built on the rules of nationalism, capitalism, Islam, popularity and monocracy.

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