Published: Sunday September 30, 2012 MYT 2:20:00 PM
Empower youths and secure their future, says Razali Ismail
KUALA LUMPUR: Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Foundation chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail has highlighted the importance of accountability, youth empowerment and the 'Moderation Factor' in securing the future of the youths. "If you leave the youths in a state of helplessness, they will be easily manipulated by outside influences," he warned at the second World Muslim Leadership Forum in London last Wednesday. Meeting after a year of widespread social and political upheaval in which Muslim youths were prominently featured, the conference discussed issues pressing the global Muslim community and the challenges faced by its future leaders, the GMM said in a statement.
The conference brought together established business leaders, politicians and Muslim youth activists, who discussed an array of topics, including the role of Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom and the empowerment of youth.
Razali said the alienation and sense of grievance would be further underscored if the governance system was deemed unfair, skewed with no hope at all to move upwards.
"Without legitimate outlets for either excess energy or any recourses in their need for validation, youths in such environments can verge towards anarchy and violence to assert their sense of place in society," he said.
He also praised the Malaysian government's efforts to re-examine the education system.
"We must catch them early to show that there is hope, there are opportunities," he added.
Speaking on finance and leadership with regard to youth empowerment, GMMF chief executive Khalek Awang echoed Razali's sentiment that education system must be able to adapt to new demands and changes in the market.
Concluding the day's discussions, conference chairman Datuk Seri Muhammad Iqbal Rawther said youth leadership played a crucial role in shaping the present landscape of the Muslim World and hopefully, leading the way into the future. - Bernama