' A new Asia is on the rise and...Asia cannot be stopped. This new Asia must continue to be an achieving Asia, a continent of progress, bringing massive and comprehensive development to all Asians. This New Asia must be a contributing Asia, a continent that contributes not only to its constituents' advancement but to advancement of mankind as a whole...In order for all these to happen, for Asia to be worthy and to have the capability, there has to be a conscious Asia Renaissance, a rebirth that will remark Asia and reshape the world.'
- Mahathir Mohamad, 1996. 'Towards An Asian Renaissance', ucapan perasmian di New Asia Forum anjuran ISIS di Kuala Lumpur pada 11 Januari 1996 -