Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia is willing to
provide assistance to the Muslim community in southern
Thailand for restoring peace and harmony in the restive
region, said Minister in Prime Minister`s Department Maj Gen
(Rtd) Jamil Khir Baharom.
He said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak`s recent visit to
Thailand to meet Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was
very significant towards this end besides enhancing the
existing neighborly ties between the two countries.
"The existence of a business network on the Malaysia-
Thailand border proves the communities in both countries need
each other, as such, political and economic stability and
security is important in the region so as not to affect
Malaysia and other Asean countries," he told reporters after
opening the Asian Haj Route Symposium at the Tengku Abdul
Rahman Memorial here Tuesday.
The two-day symposium is organised by the National
Archives and the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation( ISESCO) .
On the symposium, which is being attended by some 300
participants from ISESCO member countries, Jamil Khir said it
served as an important platform for the exchange of ideas
among the members particularly in relation to Haj matters.