Malaysia's Voices of Moderation targets youths

Malaysia's Voices of Moderation targets youths

PETALING JAYA- The Voices of Moderation campaign will target youths as the next step in driving moderation among Malaysians.

Spearheaded by the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) with The Star as media partner, the campaign will be brought to universities and colleges and even internationally for Malaysians studying abroad.

"As this is a long-haul campaign, we want to keep this going by bringing it to as many Malaysians as possible, including those abroad, especially students," said Star Publica­tions (M) Bhd group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

Voices of Moderation will run in parallel with The Star's Brave Views, Bold Ideas campaign that encourages Malaysians to espouse moderation while being open, rational and balanced in their discussions.

Wong said The Star's campaign has been enormously successful and had received support from many people since its launch on Aug 10.

"The amount of support we have received shows that this is the way to go and we believe youths are the best people to carry forward this campaign," he added.

CEO of GMM Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah gave the assurance that the campaign in campuses would not be a dull affair.

"We want to make expressing moderation a cool thing. So, there will be photo exhibitions, movie screenings and other activities for the campaign to become sexy," he said.

He said it had always been the foundation's aim to advocate moderation and this campaign was an interesting partnership between The Star and GMM.

"Young people need to see the space for moderates and we are providing the platform for them to interactively contribute to the advocacy of moderation," he added.

Saifuddin pointed out that although most Malaysian were moderates, they needed to be given the voice.

"The young ones need to speak out on how they look at things and how they can claim the centre stage that consists of moderates," he said.

The first youth event under the Voices of Moderation campaign was a town hall meeting at Taylor's University Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya held last Thursday. Among those present were Wong and Saifuddin.

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