KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — The concept of moderation in Malaysia mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is one of the key topics that will be discussed during a special lecture to commemorate the late Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
Gandhi Memorial Trust (GMT) chairman, S. Radhakrishnan said the event will be held at the Royal Lake Club on Oct 2, in remembrance of the 145th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which is celebrated as the United Nations (UN) International Day of non-violence.
“The special lectures on moderation is in line with the teachings of Gandhi. It is also timely at a time when the world is beset with wars, other ethnic and religious conflicts,” he told Bernama.
Radhakrishnan said two well known speakers will provide their views on how to deal with the relevance of Gandhi’s teachings today at the event.
Chief Executive Officer of Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine Deputy Dean Prof Datuk Dr Christopher Boey Chiong Meng will be paying tribute to Gandhi at the event which will commence at 5pm.
The session will be chaired by the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa. The event, he said, will be launched by the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough.
Radhakrishnan said the UN General Assembly on June 15, 2007, unanimously adopted a resolution to declare Gandhi’s birthday on Oct 2, as the International Day of Non-Violence.
The late Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was born on Oct 2, 1869, led India to independence in 1947 and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
His unique strategy of ‘Satyagraha’ or passive resistance earned him the admiration of millions throughout the world.
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