UN General Assembly: Moderation

General Assembly, is the official meeting of the members of an organization or of their representatives.

Last week, people throughout the globe kept their eyes and ears on one of the largest General Assembly; the 69th United Nations (UN) General Assembly held at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

UN General Assembly

Many were inspired by the speech of Emma Watson advocating for gender equality and Leonardo DiCaprio  addressing the crowd on climate change. It is always inspiring to see influential figures campaigning for a good cause because people are more likely to follow their footsteps.

Apart from these popular figures in the world, one of the topic that has been discussed that has caught my attention is MODERATION.

This issue was raised none other than our own Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. His popularity in the country or internationally is another issue, but let’s discuss about moderation which is far more important.

From his speech, there are several sentences that has caught my attention.

“The fight against extremism is not about Christians versus Muslims or Muslims versus Jews but moderates versus extremists of all religion.”

“By demonstrating moderation in the political process, we can ensure no one is left outside society.”

“By practicing moderation in religion, we can marginalize the extremists.”

“We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other. We should commit to more inclusive politics.

As far as I am concerned of all religions that existed in the world, there is none of any religion that teaches hatred and causing pain to one another. All religions teaches morality and showing respect to one another. It is the extremists that incites hatred into the people and eventually causes pain.

The pain, physically or emotionally caused by extremists might have caused them to gain power, but at the same time it creates hatred to the ones that are in pain and therefore seek for a revenge in the future. And thus, this creates a cycle that will never ends and both sides keeps on hurting one another until someone decided to become moderate and put it a stop.

As a youth and my peers which will have many more years ahead to live in the country, we should take the initiative to advocate for moderation among each other. Let us marginalize extremism.

I believe moderation is one of the major key to a stronger and better country. I believe in moderation. We believe in moderation.


“What is objectional, what is dangerous about extremists is not they are extreme but they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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