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Prime Minister Departed for New York

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London, (May,16) Bernama – Malaysian Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak departed for New York from the Farnborogh Airport Tuesday night for a four day working visit.

He was in the United Kingdom for a two-day working visit. About three hours before he left, Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, attended a reception hosted by Prince Charles in conjuction with the granting of the Royal Charter Award to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) .

Among other guests from Malaysia were the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, who is a trustee of OCIA, Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid also as trustee, Datuk Dr Afifi Alkiti who is a fellow at the centre and Tuanku Raja Zarith Sofiah Al-Marhum Sultan Idris Shah.

The prime minister is a member of high council whilw Prince Charles is the patron. Royal Charteres are granted by the Sovereign on the advise of the Privy Council. The practice dates back to the 13th century. They are now normally granted only to bodies that work in the public interest and which can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability, permanence and a strong record of achievement in the particular field. The Universoty of Oxford, and many of the Oxford Colleges, are similarly incorporated.

The Conferement of the Royal Charter to the OCIS is significant as it marks the first time an Islamic institution in the United Kingdom (Uk) is conferred with such a prestigious status since such Charters were granted by successive Soverigns from 1231.

According to Najib, Malaysia had made significant financial and material contributions to the centre.