Sunday, January 24, 2016

'Waking up' the silent majority

A Jalil Hamid and Adrian Lal,

Nasharudin image from

KUALA LUMPUR: A veteran politician and respected Islamic scholar, Nasharudin Mat Isa is no stranger to big challenges.
Prior to his appointment as the chief executive officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM) in October last year, Nasharudin was once a high-profile Pas leader. He was Pas deputy president from 2005 to 2011.
Today, as the new face of GMM, Nasharudin is championing Malaysia’s cause to help spread the message of moderation globally.
In an exclusive interview with the New Sunday Times, the 53-year-old Nasharudin outlined plans to revitalise the four-year-old foundation and reach out to a greater target audience around the world.
Nasharudin says the events that unfolded during the Jan 14 terror attack in Jakarta, which he witnessed first-hand from his hotel room window, have only strengthened his resolve to counter extremism through dialogue and public diplomacy. ...

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