Rethinking moderation – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MODERATION – the most recent buzz-word. It is really a response to a position seen as extreme. In the Malaysian context it arises with regard to issues of race and religion. Moderation aims for the middle ground between two polarising positions.

Religion3The race-religion acrimony seems to have reached alarming proportions. Sufficient, at any rate, to spawn several initiatives to arrest the slide into discord.

The prime minister sponsored the Group of Moderate Movement Foundation and more recently the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of Moderates at the Asean Summit; the Moderate 25 and their off-shoots spoke up – an unprecedented initiative by eminent leaders of society. Newspapers cry out full-page appeals to moderation. Read more