Fil-Muslim Youth in KL for Educational Tour

23 November 2016—The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said today that 50 Filipino-Muslim youth leaders are in Malaysia's capital for a five-day goodwill visit and educational tour from November 22 to 25 where they will have a series of interactions with their Malaysian peers from various cultural and religious backgrounds.

The youth, with ages ranging from 15 to 18 years old and mostly from Sulu Province, arrived on November 22 aboard a Philippine Air Force C-130 plane. They were welcomed at Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang by Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya and Embassy officers and staff.

"The visit is an opportunity for our Muslim youth to be exposed to another perspective outside of the Philippines, and to promote understanding and goodwill with their Malaysian counterparts and hopefully to learn about the values of moderation and tolerance of other cultures and beliefs. We hope that the participants would have a good experience and would share this to their fellow youth back home," Ambassador Malaya said.

The first ever Muslim Filipino Youth Leaders' Educational Tour is a project of the civil-military operations office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in cooperation with the Embassy. The delegation is led by Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) Deputy Commander B/Gen. Jose P. Cabanban.

They were welcomed at the Embassy on November 23, where the youth had a briefing on Philippine-Malaysian relations and feted in a lunch. They also performed a selection of Muslim songs and dances to the delight of consular clients at the Embassy's consular area.

The youth will also visit different Malaysian government offices such as the Dewan Rakyat (Malaysian Parliament) and the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), organizations and schools such as the Global Movement of Moderates and the International Islamic University of Malaysia, as well as representatives from Malaysia's multicultural communities. END