OIC lawmakers to ponder Islamic issues

Lawmakers from Organisation of the Islamic Conference nations will gather this week to discuss issues affecting Muslims globally, including anti-Muslim sentiment, officials said on Tuesday.
The two-day meeting of the council of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States will bring together 170 representatives from 36 of the grouping’s 57 members in Kuala Lumpur.
The council’s current chair, Ramli Ngah Talib, said one of the top agenda items was a lack of understanding of Islam and negative perceptions of the religion.
“We need to make people understand Islam. We need to establish dialogue with other groups in the world. We must destroy the negative perception of Islam,” Ramli told reporters.
Discussions which start Thursday will also include the turmoil in Iraq and the plight of Palestinians, said Ramli, also speaker for the Malaysia’s House of Representatives.
Lawmakers will call “for national reconciliation among the parties,” he said.
Malaysia is the current chair of the OIC, and Ramli said the council meeting would help boost bilateral ties among the member countries.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2006