MALAYSIA JOIN HANDS WITH FIRST-EVER FEMALE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL PATRICIA SCOTLAND TO SUPPORT THE “FAITH IN COMMONWEALTH” INITIATIVE

Published by Lavinesh @ 05/03/2020

Group photo of YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh - Deputy Minister (Religious Affairs), Patricia Scotland - Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dato' Sri Syed Hussien Alhabshee -Chairman of MAIWP, and other ministers and ambassadors

The Right Honorable, The Baroness Patricia Scotland is the 6th Commonwealth Secretary-General. Being elected in 2015, Scotland was the first-ever woman to hold this position. Her excellency was invited by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) for a meet on 12th February 2020, to support the concept of “Rahmatan Lil Alamin” (mercy to all creation) at a global degree as it aligns with the "Faith in the Commonwealth" initiative.

Patricia Scotland, the 6th Commonwealth Secretary-General

YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh - Deputy Minister (Religious Affairs), Patricia Scotland - Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dato' Sri Syed Hussien Alhabshee - Chairman of MAIWP

Scotland said, “We wholeheartedly look forward to working with Malaysia on the ‘Faith in the Commonwealth’ initiative.” Then added, “We believe that we have been driven apart so often by those harbingers of hate and we are determined in the Commonwealth not to respond in a way that they expect and come together in respect of love.”

Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General giving a speech

YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs)

About 500 people attended the event, including ambassadors from nearly 50 countries, Chief Secretaries of the Ministry and several NGOs from the business sector. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Dr. Mujahid Yusof and Deputy Minister (Religious Affairs), YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh also attended the event along with the Chairman of MAIWP, Dato' Sri Syed Hussien Alhabshee.

YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh - Deputy Minister (Religious Affairs), Patricia Scotland - Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dato' Sri Syed Hussien Alhabshee -Chairman of MAIWP, with other ministers

YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) with Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General

The "Faith in the Commonwealth" initiative is aimed to promote Global Citizenship and Religious Literacy.  The initiative is designed for young people of all faiths or none and is based on key values such as human rights, freedom of expression, respect and understanding, gender equality, and the rule of law. This is to ultimately make the world a better and more peaceful place for us and the future generation.

Dinner at the Banquet Hall in Hotel Istana - meeting for The Right Honourable The Baroness Patricia Scotland