Tokyo: Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah discussed efforts to tackle radicalism in both nations.
"I called on Malaysia together to develop a peaceful and tolerant Islam as 'rahmatan lil alamin' (graceful for the universe), so we can prevent the spread of radicalism in Islam," the vice president stated in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
According to him, Indonesia along with Malaysia play a pivotal role in developing Islam “wasathiyah,” a middle path or moderate Islam that justly balances the way of life, avoids extremes, and believes in doing things in moderation.
"Indonesia and Malaysia are both Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, the ASEAN is facing the emergence of radicalism and intolerance," he pointed out.
The meeting was held at 10 a.m. local time at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, before attending the coronation ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito.
Amin was accompanied by Chief of the Vice Presidential Secretary Mohamad Oemar, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Head of State Protocol Andri Hadi. (Antara)