Malaysia 'a fine example in Muslim world'
17 July 2008, New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers is all praise for Malaysia, viewing the country as a voice of moderation in the Muslim world.
His observation is that Malaysia showed one could speak out and be loyal to one's roots while, at the same time, develop loyalties to the global environment.
The geographic isolation from the Middle East, where most of the political tensions were focused, also put Malaysia in a unique position to facilitate dialogue in overcoming antagonisms, noted Lubbers.
"Malaysia shows there is currently no reason why Muslims, who were the leaders of civilisation and scientific progress centuries ago, cannot find their way to modernity once again.
"Malaysia demonstrates that problems associated with ethnic diversity are not bleak, and that we in the West can learn from them just as they learn from us," he said in a statement released by Oxford Business Group (OBG) based on an exclusive viewpoint in The Report: Malaysia 2008.
An annual business publication from OBG, a global publishing, research and consultancy firm.
The viewpoint, carried in full in The Report, is one of a series of exclusive interviews with key officials and business leaders offering extensive, independent, unbiased and authoritative review of Malaysia.
Rated as the premier guide for foreign direct investment, The Report is an invaluable guide to the many facets of Malaysia, including the mac-roeconomic, infrastructure, political landscape, banking and sectoral developments.
The 200-page publication has an international distribution of 67,000 with 26 per cent of its subscribers in Europe, Asia (24 per cent), Middle East and GCC (21 per cent), North America (19 per cent) and Africa (six per cent).
Meanwhile, 27 per cent of its subscribers are financial institutions, 22 per cent industry, 17 per cent IT and telecommunications, 15 per cent energy and another 15 per cent in real estate and construction. -- Bernama