Berita dibawah dari agensi berita WAM mengenai Forum Perikatan Ketamadunan (AOC) yang mana PM Malaysia, sebagai Pengerusi OIC turut serta berucap sebagai ahli panel.
Kalau diukur dari segi kedudukan beliau sebagai pengerusi OIC dan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara majoriti Muslim, sepatutnya nama Paklah termasuk dalam senarai mereka yang berucap, seperti Erdogan, PM Turki.
Tetapi PM Malaysia tidak disebut. Begitulah taraf sebenar Paklah di Timur Tengah. Paklah tidak punya populariti seperti Mahathir. Kedudukan sebagai pengerusi OIC juga sekadar pada nama.
Beberapa orang tokoh korporat tempatan yang saya kenali tidak segan silu mengutuk Paklah. Ada juga yang bertanya, "Bila Anwar akan jadi PM?"
Seorang lagi yang memegang jawatan sebagai ketua pelaburan sebuah syarikat gergasi kerajaan Dubai berkata, "Selagi Abdullah menjadi PM Malaysia, kami tidak akan melabur, cukuplah!"
Akhbar tempatan di sini menyiarkan mengenai rombakan kabinet UAE bulan depan. Bersama arahan Sheikh Mo, sebagai PM untuk membina 40,000 buah vila, sebagai 'hadiah' kepada marhaen seluruh UAE yang memerlukan rumah.
Pengumuman ini dibuat selepas Sheikh Mo melawat kawasan timur dan tengah UAE selepas hujan lebat yang berlanjutan selama 4 hari berturut-turut.
Projek bernilai AED15 bilion itu dimulakan segera dan dijangka siap dalam masa 3 tahun.
Sheikh Mo berkata
“I did this tour today to acquaint myself with people’s conditions and needs, and I believe the more visits we undertake, the more we learn. We know there are some nationals in need, but they cannot reach us, and this is why we reach them to find out their needs.”
Tidak seperti Paklah yang begitu kerap ke luar negara dengan menghabiskan puluhan juta, Sheikh Mo lebih banyak melawat kawasan luar bandar dan pedalaman.
Begitupun dengan pilihanraya yang dijangka pada bulan Mac, tentunya Paklah akan melawat serata Malaysia untuk berkempen, dengan menggunakan semua jentera dan dana kerajaan!
Visual Banjir di Sharjah pada 15 Jan 2008
UAE praises Madrid conference outcome
Published: January 18, 2008, 00:14
Madrid: The first Alliance of Civilisations Forum was concluded in Madrid on Wednesday with a call for promoting and fostering inter-faith and cross-culture dialogue.
Having a high-profile presence in the meeting, the UAE considers the concept of the Alliance of Civilisations initiative as one of the most important global initiatives of recent years.
"We offer our sincere thanks to the governments of Spain and Turkey for having launched this initiative, and we pledge our full support for the alliance and its objectives," Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said in a speech at the conference.
He said the promotion of dialogue between cultures and between faiths "is something to which we must all pay attention, if we are to hope for a peaceful world, where tolerance, rather than bigotry, prevails, and where misunderstandings based on ignorance are removed".
"For us in the UAE, tolerance of different faiths, different cultures and different races is fundamental to our way of life and the world as a whole. People from nearly 200 countries live and co-exist peacefully and harmoniously together within our borders. People of all religions, ... practice their faiths, side-by-side.
"Indeed, in our capital city of Abu Dhabi, one of the largest mosques is immediately adjacent to the Catholic Cathedral, the Coptic Cathedral and the Anglican Church symbolising our respect to all faiths and commitment to inter-faith understanding," he said. "That is how we wish it to be. That basis of tolerance and dialogue is an essential part of the religion of Islam."
He said through tolerance and dialogue comes understanding and a recognition that stereotyping of other cultures and other faiths can only lead to misunderstanding and a breakdown in harmony.
"Part of our understanding and of the way in which we practice tolerance in these matters is that we recognise that people of each and every culture, each and every faith, hold certain things dear to their hearts.
"As a corollary, we believe that it is incumbent upon us to ensure that persons who claim to be a part of other cultures and other faiths do not deliberately set out to cause offence, or to poke fun at those aspects of culture and belief that are so important to others, which might inflame public opinion and ... [create] distrust and animosity.
"While we recognise, and value, the right to the freedom of expression, it is our view that there is a need for a greater acceptance of responsibility in the way that freedom is used, particularly by the mass media," he said.
Al Owais said such freedoms should not be used to permit and to justify the publication of inflammatory material that cannot only lead to a deepening of misunderstanding between cultures and faiths, but also to violence and death.
He said the promotion of dialogue and understanding, indeed the promotion of an alliance of civilisations, can only hope to be successful "if we all exert continuous and sincere efforts to build bridges, rather than to divide, to foster friendship, rather than hostility, to explain, rather than to disseminate views designed to deepen misunderstandings".
"We in the UAE will continue to play our part, both at home and elsewhere, in the pursuit of the goal to which we all aspire - a greater belief in the concept of global community and of the unity of mankind. We look forward to working with others in the effort to reach that goal," Al Owais said.
"We hope that this meeting will succeed in laying down a framework for continuing activity that will allow concrete steps to be taken towards our shared goals, with such a framework being designed to encourage and facilitate the participation of each and every state that is represented here," he said.
The two-day international gathering was opened by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero and addressed by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
It brought together political leaders, the media, and grass-roots and civil society leaders. Created in 2005, the Alliance seeks to overcome prejudices and polarisations between Islam and the West.