KUALA LUMPUR / 24 NOVEMBER 2018: KMU Malaysia was invited to a second roundtable discussion with special guests, Professor Farid Alatas, Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore and Professor Mark Woodward, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University. It was organised by the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University and Alertist. It has been discussed that the state of intra-Muslim relations in the new Malaysia can be improved through dialogues with multi-stakeholders including the government and religious leaders. Over the years, there have been tensions between different Islamic sects and it is time for civil societies and academics to engage the government to find solutions to foster peaceful coexistence.

Aizat Shamsuddin on behalf of KMU Malaysia further added that apart from dialogue, the community leaders of religious minorities have to step up and be organized to engage different human rights and Muslim civil society organizations to be constructive in their advocacy using the human rights mechanisms. Besides, they need to explore strategic litigation where it could help their vulnerable communities when it comes to raid, arrest or prosecution by the authority on the ground of their belief and religious practices.