Education and da'wah which are strengthened by law enforcement is the Brunei Darussalam approach in addressing the challenges of religious liberalisation issues. Speaking in conjunction with the 18th Informal Meeting of Religious Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, MABIMS, this afternoon, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs emphasised the country's effort requires resilience, skills and wisdom.

Yang Berhormat Pehin added that MABIMS was capable of creating a platform for cooperation which would be parallel and suited the condition and situation of member countries. The Minister expressed the hope that the issue of religious liberalisation could be placed as programmes under MABIMS Strategic Cooperation in order to address them in a systematic and organised way.

Earlier, Yang Terhormat Bapak Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, the Religious Minister of the Republic of Indonesia in his address said MABIMS should focus more on three aspects, namely filling and supporting the intellectual, economic and cultural movements related to Islam and Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Dr. Mujahid bin Yusof, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia said MABIMS meber countries should always work together to ensure the harmony of regional nations and that they were free from any threat or element which could disrupt their prosperity especially in the face of the conflicts and tribulations affecting today's world.

Yang Berhormat Encik Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad, the Minister of Environment and Water Resources, and Minister Responsible for Muslim Community Affairs of the Republic of Singapore said in his welcoming speech Singapore highlighted the Singapore Muslim identity which is based on the positive values of Islam.

The function continued with the handing over ceremony of the duty of Permanent Liaison to Brunei Darussalam for a 2-year tenure that begins next year. It was followed by adjournment speeches from the Religious Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Republic of Singapore. The meeting signed the Minute of Agreement for the 18th Meeting of MABIMS. It also agreed the 44th Senior Officers Meeting will be organised by the Republic of Singapore next year and the 45th SOM and 19th MABIMS Meeting will be hosted by the Republic of Indonesia in 2020. The meeting also supported the membership of Cambodia as an observer.

Source: Radio Television Brunei