KOTA KINABALU: The Annual Informal Meeting of Senior Officials of Religious Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (Mabims) is expected to be a platform for strategizing to enhance the economic status of Muslims, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
Sabah’s chief minister said such initiatives were even more vital now that the world is beginning to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Economic development plays a huge role in the progress and future of a nation. I hope that this meeting, which is being held for the 46th time, can be a place for us to find initiatives that can improve the economic status of Muslims among Mabims member countries,” he said. during the meeting at the Sabah International Convention Center here on Monday (September 26).
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The rally was also attended by the Head of State of Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
Hajiji said the meeting was a forum to discuss issues, including economic issues, facing Muslims in the region.
He said the meeting helped strengthen ties between member countries as they strive to raise living standards for Muslims.
“I sincerely hope that this meeting can bring Malaysia and other members together and at the same time strengthen unity among Muslims and encourage them to be a peaceful, harmonious and progressive community,” he said.
Hajiji also hoped that these efforts would further strengthen the faith of all Muslims in participating countries.
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He encouraged delegates to take the time to explore the city, its nature and the cultures of Sabah.
“Sabah has over 33 major ethnic groups speaking over 50 languages and dialects, living harmoniously together regardless of race and religion,” he said, adding that this makes Sabah unique.
He also said that the state’s multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious harmony helps make it attractive to visitors.