July 17, 2015
Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib’s Aidilfitri Message (as reported by The New Straits Times)
Malaysia, as a progressive Islamic nation, had launched the Syariah Index as a scientific means that complements the national system of administration in accordance with Syariah principles.
Despite global and domestic struggles, Muslims in Malaysia are still able celebrate Hari Raya with joy and happiness, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. In a special televised Hari Raya Aidilfitri address tonight (July 16), the Prime Minister reminded Malaysians that Muslims in several countries were struggling through obstacles, and said Malaysia too had to face many challenges and unforeseen disasters. However, he said the nation’s perseverance was only made possible if it was administered and managed through an effective and efficient leadership.
Najib cited the recent Fitch Ratings which highlighted the nation’s improved prospects from negative to stable. “This has placed Malaysia on a sound economic foundation and well on the right economic track to achieve a high income, advanced economy status by 2020,” he said. He also urged Malaysians to be wary of internal and external threats, including interference by foreign powers, to undermine the nation’s stability and sovereignty.
He called on Malaysians, in the spirit of Aidilfitri, to visit their parents and friends regardless of race and background during the celebration. Malaysians, he said, should stand united and stop slander among religion and friends.”On this auspicious day of Aidilfitri, let us do good. Revive fading relationships, strengthen lethargic brotherhood,” he said.
“Open wide the doors of your heart, the doors of your homes and the gates of kindness through the 1Malaysia window of goodwill,” he said. Najib also said he heard and understood the people’s voices on the rising cost of living. “This is why the government has implemented numerous initiatives to alleviate their burdens, including increasing BR1M contributions this year.”He noted that in the 11th Malaysia Plan, there is an emphasis on assisting households in the bottom 40 per cent. “Rest assured that when all the nation achieves an increase in income, the government will continue to find ways to implement even more initiatives to enhance the people’s wellbeing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Najib said Kuala Lumpur condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. “The cruel act by the militant Islamic State (IS) had resulted in many deaths as well as leaving hundreds of others injured,” he said, adding that the acts deviated from Islamic teachings which centres around peace as well as moderation. He said such acts could be committed by anyone regardless of their background and geographical boundaries; as such the government had increased its surveillance and security measures to ensure that such extremist beliefs do not spread in the country. Malaysia, he said, continued to sympathise with the plight of the oppressed, such as the Palestinians. “As ASEAN chair, we also sympathise with the Rohingya refugees and played a role in offering the necessary help for them,” he said.
He stated that Malaysia, as a progressive Islamic nation, had launched the Syariah Index as a scientific means that complements the national system of administration in accordance with Syariah principles.