MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE WELCOMES THE PROACTIVE ACTIONS OF HRH THE CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN!

WELCOMING THE PROACTIVE ACTIONS OF HRH THE CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN!

A day does not pass where the air of expectation, progress and also the addressing of pertinent issues is not in the narrative in Saudi Arabia with its tsunami effect and impact on the global stage!

And the person most responsible for this drastic and timely transformation that has erupted is HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman!

HRH has vowed to destroy “extremist ideologies” in a bid to return to “a more moderate Islam.”

And those of us, who had listened to his speech at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, would remember that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman clearly cited the road map and strategic moves that will put the kingdom in lockstep with many other nations as it seeks to transform its economy over the coming decades.

His speech was passionate, powerful, committed, dedicated as it came out of his lips when he stated:

“We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world,” he said.

Though his every move that is much needed and strategic will rile, upset, stress the corrupt, the closet terrorists and their sympathizers and ultraconservative clerics who have held sway in the kingdom, holistic change is coming and coming fast!

Only an absolute lunatic will deny that the Crown Prince’s announcements and declaration will not be heralded by Saudi Arabia’s increasingly youthful population and the outside world!

Look at the facts – Seventy percent of the Saudi population is under the age of 30 and they certainly have great hopes and aspirations to be aligned in progressive moves that will position greater development and strategic changes in Saudi Arabia!

With an unemployment rate for those aged 15-24 over 30 percent, low and stagnant oil prices, a substantial budget deficit and depleting foreign exchange reserves, Saudi society need these drastic moves to bring in change!

And HRH’s statement that – they will not spend 30 years of their lives dealing with extremist ideologies but destroy them today and immediately is exactly the warning message to those who in the past and present have been ‘hunting with the hounds and running with the hares’ and being closet terrorists and financiers of evil but also a message of hope to those who also want holistic change and zero tolerance to archaic ideologies that keeps the Kingdom in pre-historic times, with growing allegations of terror theology being articulated and its funding under the guise of evangelism putting fear and sending shivers down all the spines of peace loving religious men and women of all faiths Abrahamic or otherwise!

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency today, they are also addressing to curtail those “working to promote terrorism through the exploitation of Islamic discourse”.

This will have severe implication in several Asian countries!

And may embarrass the governments therein for failing to monitor how funds were utilized as they went to institutions, NGOs, and other very suspicious conduits and what the message propagated was really and how funds were ultimately utilized?

I really enjoyed HRH’s message when he stated quite plainly –
“Saudi was not like this before ’79. Saudi Arabia and the entire region went through a revival after ’79.

“All we’re doing is going back to what we were: a moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world and to all traditions and people” he reiterated!

Gosh – it gave me goose pimples when the entire conference attendees broke into applause.

Since that speech we saw further action when the Anti-Corruption Committee in Saudi Arabia, driven by again by HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, effected a number of detentions of high-profile and wealthy Saudis on suspicion of various forms of corruption.

I am not bothered what the so called “experts say” to me it is fast track transformation!

Investors and Saudis alike can now rest assured that all opportunities are equal and there will be no favoritism.

As an observer I believe HRH message are for two audiences namely first asking his people to trust him, and secondly, telling the rest of world that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is open for business – legitimately!

That is good enough for me!