A group of youths from the Union of Muslim Youth of Cambodia travelled to Malaysia last week to meet with president of International Movement for a Just World Chandra Muzaffar at the organisation’s office in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
The leadership study tour, which ran from August 12 to 18, discussed active participation in nation building and peaceful coexistence with people of other races and religions with the head of the Malaysian NGO.
Islam represents 42 percent of the Asean population, and Buddhism represents 40 percent. If the two religions clashed, Asean would collapse, Mr Muzaffar said. Thus, frequent dialogue and interfaith discussion should be encouraged.
UMY president Sles Alfin said the aim of the tour was to gain first-hand knowledge of the Malaysian experience in developing a nation, and to prepare a strategic plan for youth in Cambodia.
“We hope the delegates will be able to learn from the Malaysian experience of living in harmony in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country,” Mr Alfin said.
He added that the tour gave them an insight into the workings of Malaysian youth organisations, programmes and activities.
Participant Man Sary said he was thankful to UMY for the leadership study tour to Malaysia, and said he had gained a wonderful experience and learnt new things from the country, which is more developed than Cambodia.
“This is my second leadership study tour trip with UMY, and I have learnt not only from Malaysians but also from the team as well,” he said.