14 Dec 2005 SGI President Ikeda Quoted in Inaugural Perdana Global Peace Forum 2005
The inaugural Perdana Global Peace Forum 2005, organised by Perdana Leadership Foundation, was held from December 14 to 17, at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Together with 40 representatives of Soka Gakkai Malaysia, three SSA youth representatives led by Vice General Director Mr Michael Yap attended the forum.
This forum brought together some 2,000 people, including current and former heads of states, business leaders, prominent academics, community leaders, and NGO representatives. It served as an international platform for the discussion of current world problems and collectively provide ideas on the practical way forward to achieve global peace.
In his message to the forum participants, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, urges all to continue striving for peace in a world that is filled with different presenting problems and issues. He quoted SGI President Ikeda saying, “I call upon you to follow President Ikeda’s sage advice, ‘Continue to advance, step-by-step! Never, ever, give up hope.'”
Other speakers of the forum included former Prime Minster of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former UN officials Hans von Sponeck and Denis Halliday, anti-war activist Daniel Ellsberg, anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott, Iraq war veteran Jimmy Massey and many others.
SSA representative, Lawrence Lee shares his impression: “The speakers addressed the pressing issues of today such as terrorism, nuclear threat and poverty. As we move into the 21st century, these problems are increasingly inter-related and complex. As such, this forum provides a platform for like-minded individuals to reaffirm our commitment and efforts towards peace.”
[Perdana Leadership Foundation was set up in 2003 with the aim of preserving, developing and disseminating materials by and on Malaysia’s past Prime Ministers. Tun Dr Mahathir is the current chairman of the inaugural Perdana Global Peace Forum 2005. One of the objectives of the forum is to promote a “culture of peace” by making peace a central issue for all candidates of top executive and legislative posts.]
(SSA Times issue 230)