About KL Summit 2019

Kuala Lumpur Summit is an international platform for Muslim leaders, intellectuals and scholars from around the world to discuss and exchange ideas about the issues revolving in the Muslim world. In November 2014, when the first Summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, great success was achieved in bringing together renowned Muslim figures. Between them, new and valuable solutions for the problems facing the Muslim world were introduced and discussed.

We have heard the oft-repeated quote attributed to the 19th century Egyptian scholar and jurist, Muhammad 'Abduh, who once said : "I went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims; I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but no Islam."

It is but a stark reminder of our failings, our inability to live by the basic tenets of Islam, of making Islam ad-deen, our way of life.

Muslims nations are in the extremes – we have rich nations far richer than the richest and poor ones that are poorer than the poorest. For far too long we have been associated with bad governance, endemic corruption and a breeding place for terrorism.

Such is the state of affairs among our nations that Muslims end up in the shores of nations governed by those from other faiths and our brethren’s fate rest solely at their mercy.

The KL Summit will be known as The Perdana Foundation for Civilisational Dialogue (Perdana Dialogue) starting from January 2020.

At the KL Summit we frankly deliberate these issues and find new and workable solutions to problems afflicting Muslims.

Guided by a comprehensive contemporary understanding towards the achievement of the highest values of Islam and the sovereignty of Ummah.

It is in the exchanging of our knowledge and experience that we will be able to pick and choose what is best for our own case, for our own countries.

We have always reflected on how great, enriching and powerful the Islamic civilisation was. It is a chapter in history and we yearn for its return. It will remain a yearning unless we do something about it !

Our Vision

KL Summit is an international platform for dialogue, bringing together Muslim leaders, thinkers, intellectuals and scholars finding the best dynamic and action driven solutions for the problems faced by Muslim Ummah guided by a comprehensive contemporary understanding towards the achievement of the highest values of Islam and the sovereignty of Ummah.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to identify and solve the problems afflicting the Muslim world.

We promote the exchange of ideas.

KL Summit promotes the interchange of ideas, discourse, policy making, and action driven recommendations. In a world where borders are porous, our challenges and solutions are also interlinked.

 
We are multi-sectoral.

KL Summit encourages hybrid coalitions by gathering old and new actors from Muslim world; states and international organisations, as well as NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organisations, development agencies, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.

Revival

To revive the Islamic civilisation

 

Solutions

To deliberate and find new and workable solutions for the problems afflicting the Muslim world

Contribution

To contribute to the improvement of the state of affairs among Muslims and the Muslim nations

 

Network

To form a network between Islamic leaders, intellectuals, scholars, and thinkers around the world

Development & Sovereignty
Trade & Investment
Technology & Internet Governance
Culture & Identity
Integrity & Good Governance
Peace, Security & Defense
Justice & Freedom
7 Pillars
& Focuses

National development results from the self-development of every citizen. We need to realise that wealth creation needs entrepreneurship, management skill and greater productivity.


In an increasingly competitive world the governments need to be aware that investing in people, in their skills, in healthy social environments constitutes an investment in the potential of our economy. That why the merge between the economic policies with the social policies is very important. The primary aim of the economic policies is to boost the prosperity and happiness of our people. We must recognise that the humans are the source as well as the aim of economic development.

The dynamics of sustainable development and progress rely on the protection of fundamental rights, respect for freedoms and on the state abiding by the rule of law with all its organs. In an environment where unfair competition is prevented, copyrights are protected, consumer rights respected and plaintiffs not being discriminated against, uncertainties will decrease, confidence and predictability will increase and lead to a climate conducive to investment, production and employment.

National development should proceed parallel to spiritual and moral development. The faceless economists of the world look at the economics of national development as though it is phenomenon involving figures which measure material achievements without any relation to the welfare of people. They measure failures or success through GDP growth, per capita incomes, the profitability of corporations and, above all the indices of the stock markets. Human welfare cannot be engendered if economics does not have a human face. The jargon of economics must change.

Economics must be about people, their well-being, the benefits they derive, their joys and their sorrows, their health and their sickness, the peace and the freedom they enjoy. We believe no people must allow their sovereignty, their honour and their basic rights to be trampled upon.

We believe in what we call smart partnerships. Poor people make poor customers. But when you enrich them, they can turn into good customers.


When foreign companies invest in our countries, they will make good profits. But they also will create jobs and many spin-off effects. Our people will have more spending money and naturally they become a good market for foreign goods and services.

With more investments and increasing prosperity, their imports and trades increases rapidly. This results in a big attractive market where there was virtually none before.

The single most important factor behind the epic economic success is the climate of confidence that is established. Winning trust is a hard and long process. Despite this, it is very easily lost again. Creating this climate of trust requires painstaking and arduous processes to be implemented with unwavering discipline. But it must never be forgotten that it can all be gone in no time in the hands of an unqualified administration.

The governments must be operated from the principles of transparency, sustainability, consistency and predictability. By this the country can become a magnet for international financiers and domestic investment to flourish rapidly.

One of the main issues in relation to competitiveness is the state’s role and function in manufacturing and the provision of services. Our view is that the state’s role should be regulatory and supervisory. We do not consider the privatisation program only as a source of income but also as a means to increasing efficiency in manufacturing and higher employment rates. The country’s privatisation program must be managed with utmost care and social sensitivity.

The advantages of our geopolitical location will be used to transform our countries into a regional hub by means of revised regulations and more effective support for trade and industry. Our countries will become the centre of regional trade; technology transfers and foreign capital investments will accelerate and make us the most promising developing economy.

As our economy opens up and becomes more integrated with global markets living standards will increase across all sections of society. The competition in developed as well as developing countries for direct foreign investment is getting more complex. It is one of the priorities for the governments to attract an increasing share of foreign direct investment. Success in this undertaking means that international know-how and technology will arrive, competitiveness will increase, the foreign trade and payments balance will improve, more foreign markets will become serviceable but most importantly, attracting direct foreign investment results in higher employment rates.

Considering the importance and impact of foreign trade on economic development and prosperity, the governments need to continue to support export initiatives and promote openness to global markets. The export strategies must be developed based on innovation, enterprise and competitiveness. The import strategy will promote the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing and strengthen the sector.

In order to encourage the manufacturing of high value goods, R&D and capital investments must be promoted. Markets are defined by trends and developments; catch up with global trends is a must.

Bearing in mind that globalisation is unfolding through regional integration, entering new foreign markets is only possible by bilateral as well as multilateral preferential trade agreements. Within this framework we believe in the importance of a systematic approach to policymaking in opening emerging markets to our exporters.

We want fair trade, not free trade for globalisation. Fair trade can be free but free trade can be unfair!
 

Investing in science and technology is investing in our bright future. Science, technology and innovation play strategic importance to economic growth, social development to sustain an increase in living standards. The governments need to encourage and support the development of techno-parks and IT valleys comprised of software, hardware and communication businesses. This initiative will aid the development of the IT sector.


One of the criteria for developed nation status is the speed and efficiency with which services are delivered. The e-state and internet governance project must be launched.

In line with the vision of becoming an information society, the IT technologies to facilitate easy access to state and services should be introduced. Tax returns, insurance premium contributions, registration of births and deaths, title deeds, court procedures, passports, national security, customs and licensing must be available on an electronic platform and made accessible over the internet. All central public sector departments will have electronic signatures, electronic communication and electronic data, work and form management systems in place.

This is a complex task and creating an effective e-state system relies on linking databases and communication infrastructures. The processes must be redefined with focus on the citizen, on qualified staff and organisational capacity. The e-reforms in our countries must be continued with pace in line with the ambition of total citizen satisfaction. The confidentiality of personal information and the privacy of the citizen must be guaranteed.

While we need the cooperation of the advanced countries to boost our economic growth, we also place considerable emphasis on self-reliance. The harnessing of scientific and technological knowledge is vital for us to be self-reliant.

We are not about to invent the wheel again but the application of discoveries and inventions originating elsewhere is a part of the exercise in self-reliance.

Our relationship with geography, where we have deep religious, cultural and historical ties with each other that we have raised must be strengthen.


The abridged symbols of our civilisation must be revived.

In our endeavour to satisfy needs where materialistic concerns are at the forefront, people have become more and more materialistic in their mental outlook and conduct of daily affairs. Elements enriching our spiritual world and ornamenting our emotions have now being pushed aside.

People are pushed to live in a world without color, without poetry, without content, where aesthetic issues are not deemed to be important.

If this goes on, it is likely that the individual will forget or lose the human values of affection, kindness, consideration, and their love for God.

Every cultural reflects the understanding, taste and aesthetics of its own age. Cultures renovate themselves by becoming enriched with their own internal dynamics and cultural exchanges.

We accept cultural interaction as richness, since it is assumed that there is no pure language, music or architecture, etc. in the world.

Before the ‘ugly and money-minded Muslim’ image comes to us, our schools, colleges and religious institutions must play a decisive role in moulding Muslim nations to be disciplined morally and spiritually.

We are culturally not Europeans, we cannot make their solutions, their systems, and their mindsets work for us.

Good governance in the public sector is a precondition of sustained economic development. Good governance is defined by transparency, democracy, accountability, predictability and quality. The primary function of government is to facilitate peace, security, wealth creation and the general welfare of the people.


Corruption is a phenomenon that damages the trust between state and citizen, facilitates the unlawful acquisition of state funds and leads to economic crisis. It is a social disease found all over the world. No country is absolutely free from corruption.

In some countries corruption has become institutionalised. And corruption is among the most difficult crimes to detect and even more difficult to gain conviction in courts of law.

When people have no sense of shame and their greed overcomes their better judgement, corruption just cannot be stopped.

A country where corruption is a way of life will never be able to develop and prosper, no matter how rich it may be.

Corruption and greed must be destroyed and eradicated. Corruption and greed can destroy our nations. All plans to develop our countries will fail if corruption and greed become a part of our culture.

The people must be taught that corruption is evil, right from the stage when they are in the kindergarten. Corruption cannot be eliminated altogether but it can be reduced.

The most important player in the fight against corruption is the executive head of government. If he is incorruptible, he may be able to act against corrupt members of his government and others. If he himself is corrupted, he will cause corruption to spread throughout the whole administration.

With this, the country will simply fail.

The conflict between brotherly countries not only endangers peace and stability but also undermines the solidarity of the Muslim countries, particularly in respect of the struggle of the Palestinians people and the liberation of Masjidil Aqsa.


We believe in the principle of ‘peace at home, peace in the world’ and considers each country’s national security as the guarantee of stability and security in the region. We must support all peace efforts and durable solutions for the conflict in the higher interest of Islam and for the stability and progress of the Islamic Ummah.

If we are attacked, we ourselves will have to defend our country. Other people will only sympathise and shed tears but will not help or go to war (on our behalf) unless it is for their own gains. It is a requirement of our national interests to minimise dependence upon foreign countries in the area of domestic and foreign security equipment. We need a defence force to preserve our independence.

Therefore, the development of the national defence industry is a basic subject to be considered with a wide range perspective in the long term. The long-term national security empowerment involves the economic development of our nation as a whole. The countries should take into account this fact in assessing the resources of the country. In the civilised world, every security requirement is satisfied in harmony with the democratic system.

War is not a solution for the foreign policy agenda. We believe that it is important to make war a crime and so to stop it from being the way to settle conflicts between nations. The wars to end wars have been fought twice in the 20th century and have been won by the forces claiming to love peace. But we have never really been free from wars. Maybe not on the scale of the First and Second World War but for many countries and people the wars they have to experience, the wars of liberation and the wars to protect their freedom are no less fearsome and damaging. Thousands have died in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, in Central and South America, in East Asia and South Asia, and in Africa. For many, peace is still an elusive goal!

Democracy is a form of political governance where sovereignty is vested in the people. In democracies, the final decision and the right to implement these lies with the institutions and governmental departments created by public elections held according to rules as defined by the law.


Democracy is not only the rule of the majority but it is also a form of cooperative governance. Each government’s source of strength is the people.

We are working to promote an environment in upholding human dignity and where each citizen, confident of his future, can trust his fellow citizens as well as the state. The rule of law is at the root of all these ideals and principles.

A state that recognises the superiority of the law should guarantee human rights and the freedom of the people. A democratic state governed by the rule of law is respectful to the universal tenets of law.

Justice safeguards to prevent violations of law by the state and a stance for the protection of the rights of citizens. It equally stands for a dignified human life in every aspect of the citizens and is also an expression to embrace social responsibility. The governments are the guardians of a democratic and social state-governed by the rule of law.

Man is born with inalienable and unassailable fundamental rights and freedom. These fundamental rights and freedom represent the common ground of humanity and the universally shared ideals of mankind. Without such principles in place a dignified life under the auspices of the state is not realisable.

By letting the people prosper, the state will prosper.

Ultimately, the purpose of a democratic state and the rule of law is to safeguard all fundamental rights and freedom of the citizen and to enable him to live his life free of fear or uncertainty.

However, freedom must always be limited by certain requirements of the society and the environment. Freedom needs to be controlled. But, control is something that can be used either in a good way or a bad way. Some controls are good. Absolute freedom leads to anarchy!

National development results from the self-development of every citizen. We need to realise that wealth creation needs entrepreneurship, management skill and greater productivity.


In an increasingly competitive world the governments need to be aware that investing in people, in their skills, in healthy social environments constitutes an investment in the potential of our economy. That why the merge between the economic policies with the social policies is very important. The primary aim of the economic policies is to boost the prosperity and happiness of our people. We must recognise that the humans are the source as well as the aim of economic development.

The dynamics of sustainable development and progress rely on the protection of fundamental rights, respect for freedoms and on the state abiding by the rule of law with all its organs. In an environment where unfair competition is prevented, copyrights are protected, consumer rights respected and plaintiffs not being discriminated against, uncertainties will decrease, confidence and predictability will increase and lead to a climate conducive to investment, production and employment.

National development should proceed parallel to spiritual and moral development. The faceless economists of the world look at the economics of national development as though it is phenomenon involving figures which measure material achievements without any relation to the welfare of people. They measure failures or success through GDP growth, per capita incomes, the profitability of corporations and, above all the indices of the stock markets. Human welfare cannot be engendered if economics does not have a human face. The jargon of economics must change.

Economics must be about people, their well-being, the benefits they derive, their joys and their sorrows, their health and their sickness, the peace and the freedom they enjoy. We believe no people must allow their sovereignty, their honour and their basic rights to be trampled upon.

We believe in what we call smart partnerships. Poor people make poor customers. But when you enrich them, they can turn into good customers.


When foreign companies invest in our countries, they will make good profits. But they also will create jobs and many spin-off effects. Our people will have more spending money and naturally they become a good market for foreign goods and services.

With more investments and increasing prosperity, their imports and trades increases rapidly. This results in a big attractive market where there was virtually none before.

The single most important factor behind the epic economic success is the climate of confidence that is established. Winning trust is a hard and long process. Despite this, it is very easily lost again. Creating this climate of trust requires painstaking and arduous processes to be implemented with unwavering discipline. But it must never be forgotten that it can all be gone in no time in the hands of an unqualified administration.

The governments must be operated from the principles of transparency, sustainability, consistency and predictability. By this the country can become a magnet for international financiers and domestic investment to flourish rapidly.

One of the main issues in relation to competitiveness is the state’s role and function in manufacturing and the provision of services. Our view is that the state’s role should be regulatory and supervisory. We do not consider the privatisation program only as a source of income but also as a means to increasing efficiency in manufacturing and higher employment rates. The country’s privatisation program must be managed with utmost care and social sensitivity.

The advantages of our geopolitical location will be used to transform our countries into a regional hub by means of revised regulations and more effective support for trade and industry. Our countries will become the centre of regional trade; technology transfers and foreign capital investments will accelerate and make us the most promising developing economy.

As our economy opens up and becomes more integrated with global markets living standards will increase across all sections of society. The competition in developed as well as developing countries for direct foreign investment is getting more complex. It is one of the priorities for the governments to attract an increasing share of foreign direct investment. Success in this undertaking means that international know-how and technology will arrive, competitiveness will increase, the foreign trade and payments balance will improve, more foreign markets will become serviceable but most importantly, attracting direct foreign investment results in higher employment rates.

Considering the importance and impact of foreign trade on economic development and prosperity, the governments need to continue to support export initiatives and promote openness to global markets. The export strategies must be developed based on innovation, enterprise and competitiveness. The import strategy will promote the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing and strengthen the sector.

In order to encourage the manufacturing of high value goods, R&D and capital investments must be promoted. Markets are defined by trends and developments; catch up with global trends is a must.

Bearing in mind that globalisation is unfolding through regional integration, entering new foreign markets is only possible by bilateral as well as multilateral preferential trade agreements. Within this framework we believe in the importance of a systematic approach to policymaking in opening emerging markets to our exporters.

We want fair trade, not free trade for globalisation. Fair trade can be free but free trade can be unfair!
 

Investing in science and technology is investing in our bright future. Science, technology and innovation play strategic importance to economic growth, social development to sustain an increase in living standards. The governments need to encourage and support the development of techno-parks and IT valleys comprised of software, hardware and communication businesses. This initiative will aid the development of the IT sector.


One of the criteria for developed nation status is the speed and efficiency with which services are delivered. The e-state and internet governance project must be launched.

In line with the vision of becoming an information society, the IT technologies to facilitate easy access to state and services should be introduced. Tax returns, insurance premium contributions, registration of births and deaths, title deeds, court procedures, passports, national security, customs and licensing must be available on an electronic platform and made accessible over the internet. All central public sector departments will have electronic signatures, electronic communication and electronic data, work and form management systems in place.

This is a complex task and creating an effective e-state system relies on linking databases and communication infrastructures. The processes must be redefined with focus on the citizen, on qualified staff and organisational capacity. The e-reforms in our countries must be continued with pace in line with the ambition of total citizen satisfaction. The confidentiality of personal information and the privacy of the citizen must be guaranteed.

While we need the cooperation of the advanced countries to boost our economic growth, we also place considerable emphasis on self-reliance. The harnessing of scientific and technological knowledge is vital for us to be self-reliant.

We are not about to invent the wheel again but the application of discoveries and inventions originating elsewhere is a part of the exercise in self-reliance.

Our relationship with geography, where we have deep religious, cultural and historical ties with each other that we have raised must be strengthen.


The abridged symbols of our civilisation must be revived.

In our endeavour to satisfy needs where materialistic concerns are at the forefront, people have become more and more materialistic in their mental outlook and conduct of daily affairs. Elements enriching our spiritual world and ornamenting our emotions have now being pushed aside.

People are pushed to live in a world without color, without poetry, without content, where aesthetic issues are not deemed to be important.

If this goes on, it is likely that the individual will forget or lose the human values of affection, kindness, consideration, and their love for God.

Every cultural reflects the understanding, taste and aesthetics of its own age. Cultures renovate themselves by becoming enriched with their own internal dynamics and cultural exchanges.

We accept cultural interaction as richness, since it is assumed that there is no pure language, music or architecture, etc. in the world.

Before the ‘ugly and money-minded Muslim’ image comes to us, our schools, colleges and religious institutions must play a decisive role in moulding Muslim nations to be disciplined morally and spiritually.

We are culturally not Europeans, we cannot make their solutions, their systems, and their mindsets work for us.

Good governance in the public sector is a precondition of sustained economic development. Good governance is defined by transparency, democracy, accountability, predictability and quality. The primary function of government is to facilitate peace, security, wealth creation and the general welfare of the people.


Corruption is a phenomenon that damages the trust between state and citizen, facilitates the unlawful acquisition of state funds and leads to economic crisis. It is a social disease found all over the world. No country is absolutely free from corruption.

In some countries corruption has become institutionalised. And corruption is among the most difficult crimes to detect and even more difficult to gain conviction in courts of law.

When people have no sense of shame and their greed overcomes their better judgement, corruption just cannot be stopped.

A country where corruption is a way of life will never be able to develop and prosper, no matter how rich it may be.

Corruption and greed must be destroyed and eradicated. Corruption and greed can destroy our nations. All plans to develop our countries will fail if corruption and greed become a part of our culture.

The people must be taught that corruption is evil, right from the stage when they are in the kindergarten. Corruption cannot be eliminated altogether but it can be reduced.

The most important player in the fight against corruption is the executive head of government. If he is incorruptible, he may be able to act against corrupt members of his government and others. If he himself is corrupted, he will cause corruption to spread throughout the whole administration.

With this, the country will simply fail.

The conflict between brotherly countries not only endangers peace and stability but also undermines the solidarity of the Muslim countries, particularly in respect of the struggle of the Palestinians people and the liberation of Masjidil Aqsa.


We believe in the principle of ‘peace at home, peace in the world’ and considers each country’s national security as the guarantee of stability and security in the region. We must support all peace efforts and durable solutions for the conflict in the higher interest of Islam and for the stability and progress of the Islamic Ummah.

If we are attacked, we ourselves will have to defend our country. Other people will only sympathise and shed tears but will not help or go to war (on our behalf) unless it is for their own gains. It is a requirement of our national interests to minimise dependence upon foreign countries in the area of domestic and foreign security equipment. We need a defence force to preserve our independence.

Therefore, the development of the national defence industry is a basic subject to be considered with a wide range perspective in the long term. The long-term national security empowerment involves the economic development of our nation as a whole. The countries should take into account this fact in assessing the resources of the country. In the civilised world, every security requirement is satisfied in harmony with the democratic system.

War is not a solution for the foreign policy agenda. We believe that it is important to make war a crime and so to stop it from being the way to settle conflicts between nations. The wars to end wars have been fought twice in the 20th century and have been won by the forces claiming to love peace. But we have never really been free from wars. Maybe not on the scale of the First and Second World War but for many countries and people the wars they have to experience, the wars of liberation and the wars to protect their freedom are no less fearsome and damaging. Thousands have died in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, in Central and South America, in East Asia and South Asia, and in Africa. For many, peace is still an elusive goal!

Democracy is a form of political governance where sovereignty is vested in the people. In democracies, the final decision and the right to implement these lies with the institutions and governmental departments created by public elections held according to rules as defined by the law.


Democracy is not only the rule of the majority but it is also a form of cooperative governance. Each government’s source of strength is the people.

We are working to promote an environment in upholding human dignity and where each citizen, confident of his future, can trust his fellow citizens as well as the state. The rule of law is at the root of all these ideals and principles.

A state that recognises the superiority of the law should guarantee human rights and the freedom of the people. A democratic state governed by the rule of law is respectful to the universal tenets of law.

Justice safeguards to prevent violations of law by the state and a stance for the protection of the rights of citizens. It equally stands for a dignified human life in every aspect of the citizens and is also an expression to embrace social responsibility. The governments are the guardians of a democratic and social state-governed by the rule of law.

Man is born with inalienable and unassailable fundamental rights and freedom. These fundamental rights and freedom represent the common ground of humanity and the universally shared ideals of mankind. Without such principles in place a dignified life under the auspices of the state is not realisable.

By letting the people prosper, the state will prosper.

Ultimately, the purpose of a democratic state and the rule of law is to safeguard all fundamental rights and freedom of the citizen and to enable him to live his life free of fear or uncertainty.

However, freedom must always be limited by certain requirements of the society and the environment. Freedom needs to be controlled. But, control is something that can be used either in a good way or a bad way. Some controls are good. Absolute freedom leads to anarchy!