The Malay and Islamic World (DMDI) event took place in Phnom Penh from September 22 to 25. This annual meeting had the theme “Empowering Entrepreneurship in the Malay and Islamic World”, and was attended by 332 participants from sixteen countries, including Indonesia, which sent eighty-one participants from various regions.
The DMDI, established in 2000 in Malaysia, is a non-governmental organization (NGO), one of whose members is Cambodia. The organization’s objectives include strengthening solidarity among member nations, promoting cooperation in various fields and expanding these collaborations among Muslims around the world to encourage progress and development in Economy, Education, Science and Technology, Youth and Sports, Health, Information and Technology.
The opening ceremony was attended by Senior Minister in charge of the Special Mission, HE Neak Oknha Datuk Dr Othsman Hassan, acting as President of DMDI Cambodia, and Dr Mohd Ali bin Rustam, President of DMDI Malaysia. Representatives from the embassies of Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and East Timor were also present. The event was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, First Vice President of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, HE SUN Chanthol, representing Prime Minister Hun Manet.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pays a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Thailand
In his welcome speech, Dr Othsman Hassan revealed that through the DMDI, the Cambodian community had received scholarships to study at universities in Malaysia. They have also received various forms of assistance, including the construction of mosques, schools, seminaries, teacher training, nursing homes, Ramadan iftar events, Quranic readings, and support for disaster relief efforts. The Cambodian government has paid special attention to Cambodia’s Muslim community, which has a history of more than 200 years.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the rights of Cambodia’s Muslim community have been fully recognized and the freedom to practice Islamic religious law in accordance with Islamic teachings has been guaranteed. Dr Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, President of DMDI Malaysia, expressed his admiration for Cambodia’s harmonious religious life. He noted that Cambodian society shows a high degree of religious tolerance and urged everyone to learn to respect each other and live together in harmony.
Despite being a minority, Cambodia’s Muslim community is gaining recognition and acceptance. The rights of the local Muslim community have significantly improved in various aspects of life, such as the economy, education, politics, healthcare and social affairs.
Cambodian society shows a high degree of religious tolerance and urged everyone to learn to respect each other and live together in harmony.
Deputy Prime Minister HE SUN Chanthol, representing Prime Minister Hun Manet, invited businessmen and investors from DMDI member countries to invest in Cambodia. He assured them of the ease of doing business in Cambodia, emphasizing the important contribution of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the country’s economic growth. The private sector plays a crucial role in boosting the economy, SUN Chanthol added.
During the meeting, DMDI 2023 offered discussion forums and presentations on various topics, such as education, the role of youth in the community, DMDI as a catalyst for economic development and development, and the role of information technologies. In addition, various products from SMEs from DMDI member countries were exhibited.