Kuala Lumpur – “ASWAQ”
Malaysia has expressed interest and voiced its commitment to participate in the development of Madinah as a new Islamic civilization center for the well-being of more than 1.2 billion Muslims throughout the world, said Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
For this purpose, Ahmad Zahid said that Malaysia has verbally agreed to send more professionals and academicians to share their expertise and experience as well as study at the Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE).
Ahmad Zahid said to Malaysian journalists in Madinah recently, “We do not want to be left behind in contributing and studying so that Madinah and Makkah will become the new Islamic civilization centres in the future.”
The project development vice-president Saeed Ahmed Albially and MILE executive director Dr Mohamed Moustafa Mahmoud had recently briefed Ahmad Zahid on Madinah as the Knowledge Economic City.
The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and MILE is among the components of Madinah’s future plan which is progressing rapidly over a 2.2 million sq mile site.
Malaysia has previously cooperated with MILE through the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and several local universities.
Ahmad Zahid said that cooperation with MILE through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) was also in line with the government’s efforts in transforming its economy based on the model of a people-oriented economy.