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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I January 2009
1.9 Million visitors
to Islamic theme
park in Malaysia
Since it opened its doors to the river cruise package needed
tourists in February 2008, the to be upgraded to attract
Islamic Civilization Theme Park more people to the park apart
in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, from continuous promotions.
has attracted 1.9 million visitors. Launched on February 3,
Za’abar Mohd Adib, an official of 2008, the theme park features
the Malaysian Tourism, Culture, 21 replica mosques including
Arts and Heritage Committee, the Taj Mahal in India, the Al-
said all 21 replicas of monuments Hambra in Spain, Al-Aqsa
had been completed, the New mosque in Quds, the Kaylan
Straits Times reported. Tower in Uzbekistan and the
Za’abar Mohd Adib also said Kudus Minar in Indonesia.
Indonesia hosts World Islamic
Economic Forum
Indonesia will host the World Islamic USD 1.5 trillion which were
Economic Forum (WIEF) on March deposited in the Sovereign
1-4, and the event will focus on food Wealth Funds (SWF).
security, energy and the financial “SWF was set up as a state-
crisis, according to the state-run news owned financial institution
agency, to serve as an investment
Antara quoted Deputy Chairman of instrument overseas,” he said
Indonesia’s Regional Representatives adding that other countries
Council Irman Gusman, who is also like Singapore, Malaysia and
Chairman of the WIEF Steering China had also set up similar
Committee, as saying, “This forum funding facilities,” Gusman advantage of the Beijing-Dubai-New
is of vitally importance because said. Delhi axis. Here lies our future,” he
Islamic countries, particularly those Indonesia is expected to take said.
in the Middle East, are no longer advantage of the SWF to face the He said that at present China,
backward.” world economic crisis by asking India and the Middle East were now
He said that countries in the Middle owners of the surplus funds to invest leading the front line in settling the
East had surplus funds amounting to in Indonesia. “We can take the global economic problem.
Terror threat still high in
Netherlands due to Fitna
The threat of terrorism in the The main reasons, the report notes, is fewer sermons are inciting violence or
Netherlands remains highs. A report by the anti-Islam film Fitna made by far- hatred while more and more Muslims
the National Coordinator for Counter- right MP Geert Wilders. are denouncing extremism. The
Terrorism warns that the Netherlands The report also finds that measures report concludes that only some three
and Dutch interests abroad remain a introduced to combat radicalisation and percent of the country’s Muslims are
primary target for Muslim extremists. polarisation are bearing fruit. It says open to radicalisation.
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