Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has said that war should be made illegal to change the world and make it a better place to live in.

Dr. Mahathir made this observation as Nobel Peace laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus hosted him on the second day of the global conference “Social Business Day 2023″ under the theme “War, Peace and Economics: The Future of Human Beings”, says a press release issued by Yunus Centre.

“If one person is killed, the government must take severe action. War is a crime. There must be a world government to monitor countries and summon anyone who creates war or kills anyone,” said Mahathir.

The Day 2 of the 13th Social Business Day held in Langkawi, Malaysia was attended by 700 delegates from 31 countries around the world, including Japan, China, Philippines, Nepal, Colombo, India, Italy, and Brazil.

Mahathir Mohamad also said: “Some entities in the West, who profit from producing and selling weapons at high prices, often provoke nations into going to war. He condemned the idea that war solves problems and instead urged countries to work together for the common goal of peace and stability.

He shared his views on various global issues, including climate change, the Ukraine war, the China-Taiwan conflicts and Covid 19 and mentioned that to tackle all these problems, the concept of Social Business should be kept at the forefront. 

He further said that to change the world and make the world a better place in live in, war should be made illegal.” War is a profitable business for those who produce and sell weapons at very high prices, he added.

The conference has brought together 120 speakers worldwide such as Marina Mahathir; columnist and activist, Sharifah Sofia Albukhary; trustee of the Albukhary Foundation; President Jose Ramos Horta of Timor Leste, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Marina Silva, environment minister of Brazil, Shahira Ahmed Bazari, trustee and managing director of Yayasan Hasanah, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Habitat Chief were among the dignitaries that addressed the event.

Dr Devi Shetty, founder of Narayana Hrudalaya and Andrea Jung, president of Grameen America joined the event virtually.

The International Olympic Committee vice president, Ser Miang Ng, delivered a keynote address emphasizing the power of sports in promoting entrepreneurship and social impact at a session titled on “Mobilizing Sports and Social Business in the New Economic Landscape”.

The day concluded with remarks from Professor Muhammad Yunus, who shared “Nations invest billions of dollars in producing weapons. They have a big budget for weapons and war, but no budget for peace.”

He further highlighted that the world needs a new civilization and warned of emerging new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), which seems to be replacing humans causing millions of people to lose their jobs.

He urged the people to find Social Business solutions to turn young people into entrepreneurs rather than running after jobs. He said all human beings are born as entrepreneurs.

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