PETALING JAYA, July 3, 2015:Rahimah Abdulrahim, the executive director of the Indonesian Habibie Centre, urged all Muslims around the world to stay united as urged by jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a message. According to Rahimah, although Anwar was currently in prison, he still tried to provide his input on current issues concerning Muslims. “Although behind bars, he did send a message through other people for us.

“He told us to keep strengthening Muslim democrats,” she said during a preparatory meeting of the second World Forum for Muslim Democrats (WFMD) held at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama here, today. According to Rahimah, WFMD was the brainchild of Anwar. It serves as a platform for Muslims around the world to discuss current issues concerning Islam. Executive director of the Institute for Policy Research (IKD) Khalid Jaafar, who was also present during the meeting, said that among the topics that would be discussed during this year’s forum were Islamophobia, terrorism, Muslim refugees as well as Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim countries.

Khalid said the upcoming forum would also be used as a platform for them to find a solution on the current Rohingya crisis.

“We will also be discussing about other refugees, too, such as those affected by sectarian wars as well as the political crisis in the Middle East.

The WFMD was held last year for the first time in Malaysia and saw the participation of about 300 delegates from several countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey.

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