Political differences should not lead to extreme conflicts: Najib

KLANG (July 14, 2013): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said political differences and differing opinions among Muslims in Malaysia should not lead to extreme conflicts.

"Instead, we should find common grounds so that Muslims and Islam are not threatened and we can bring Malaysia further forward," he said at a breaking of fast with Umno leaders and the local community at the Jamiuridhuan Mosque in Kuala Selangor tonight.

He also said Malaysia rejects extremist and fanatical leanings and those who seek to destroy this blessed nation, and instead practises moderation which is seen as the best way forward for the country and Islam.

Apart from this, he said the government practises a policy of inclusiveness which brings together Muslims and non-Muslims under an administration that is fair and equitable.

"One of the reasons Malaysia is enjoying peace and harmony, unlike some countries in North Africa and the Middle East, is because we practise moderate policies which are in accordance with Islam," he said.

He said the federal government under the Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue to govern the country to the best of its ability so that holistic development as called for by Islam can be brought about.
Najib said in valuing the mandate given by the people to the BN, the propagation of Islam will be intensified and that the teachings and sanctity of Islam will be defended, including the use of the word "Allah".

"We will provide more opportunities in terms of education, including Islamic education, more mosques throughout the country and (religious) facilities that are more comfortable," he said.

And to appreciate the contributions of mosque and surau committees throughout the country, Najib said they would be given kain pelikat, kain jubah, telekung and zam-zam although their quantities might not be much.

At the function, Najib presented these items to Selangor Umno heads to be distributed to mosque and surau comittees throughout Selangor.

He also approved a request by the mosque's committee to build a multi-purpose hall for the public.

Najib together with the Umno leaders and more than 2,000 guests performed the Maghrib, Isyak and Tarawih prayers at the mosque.

Also present were Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Selangor Umno information head Abdul Shukur Idrus, Kuala Selangor Umno head and Jeram assemblyman Datuk Amiruddin Setro, Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim, Bukit Melawati assemblyman Jakiran Jacoma and Najib's son Norashman Razak. – Bernama