Najib and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor performing the tawaf (circumambulation around the Kaabah) while on umrah during Najib’s four-day visit to Saudi Arabia. — Bernama
MECCA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the country can achieve greater success in future if Malaysians staying abroad kept Malaysia’s good name and image.
The Government’s desire was to make Malaysia a successful, modern and progressive Islamic nation, but based on Islam’s sanctity and rules, he said here yesterday.
He said among the successes achieved were the participation of Malaysians in big as well as mammoth projects overseas, including here where they were involved in the Masjidil Haram (Grand Mosque) extension project and building of the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, at a height of 602m.
“Hence, if we remain as a cohesive and united Islamic community, we will achieve excellence in future,” he said during a gathering with Malaysians at the Felda D’Saji Restaurant here.
Najib hoped that Malaysians, in Mecca on business or pilgrimage, would continue to protect Malaysia’s good name and image.
On the restaurant, which is located near the Grand Mosque, Najib said business at the eatery run by Felda has been going well.
The placement of the restaurant was based on an idea by Najib, who is in charge of Felda.
Najib said the restaurant’s location was a good way to introduce Malaysia to patrons from other countries.
On another matter, Najib congratulated the Malaysian contingent for exceeding the target of 40 gold medals at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar.
“The target of 40 gold medals has been achieved. Congratulations to the Malaysian athletes for their earnest efforts in making the country proud,” he said in his Twitter posting.
The SEA Games ended on Sunday after it officially began on Dec 4.
The Malaysian contingent exceeded the target of 40 gold medals set by the National Sports Council by winning 43 gold medals, 38 silver and 77 bronze medals. — Bernama