Muslim Exchange Program 2014-15, Malaysia and Australia
In 2014-15 the Australia-Malaysia Institute supported a Muslim Exchange Program with two delegations of emerging Muslim leaders from Australia and Malaysia.
The first visit from 8-12 December 2014 offered six young Australian Muslim leaders an opportunity to learn about Malaysia's approach to multiculturalism, develop networks and further their understanding of politics and religion in Malaysia. The highly successful visit included meetings with senior representatives of the Malaysian Government and Opposition Members of Parliament, NGOs and interfaith outreach as well as media appearances.
The return visit from Malaysia on 19-25 April 2015 provided five young Malaysian Muslim leaders the opportunity to learn about the richness and complexity of Australian society. Meetings and tours included a diverse range of individuals and organisations in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Highlights included a community multicultural arts festival in the inner Melbourne suburb of Balaclava and meetings with Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities in Dandenong, one of Melbourne's fastest growing and most ethnically diverse regions.
The group visited the Islamic Museum of Australia to learn about the contribution of Islamic communities to Australian culture and society over the last two centuries. The group also met the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the Australian Electoral Commission and senior government representatives at state and local government levels. Recently-elected NSW MP for Lakemba, Jihad Dib, provided insights into his responsibilities representing a multicultural community in Sydney.