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Friday, 31 January 2014 | MYT 9:54 AM

Najib meets NGOs to clear the air

Nice to meet you: Najib shaking hands with NGO representatives in Putrajaya.

Nice to meet you: Najib shaking hands with NGO representatives in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak met 40 non-governmental organisations (NGO) representing Malays and Muslims to thrash out divisive issues.

During the meeting at his office which lasted nearly one hour, the Prime Minister briefed the representatives
on the various current issues.

“I explained to them issues about the rising prices of goods and how the Government is handling the matter.

“Problems associated with the social media and the ‘kalimah Allah’ issues were also touched,” he said later.

Najib said the NGOs expressed their support for the Government and its effort to handle the matters.

He added that the objective of the meeting was to get a clearer understanding and determine the future
direction of the country.

“Whatever it is, we cannot allow these issues to divide us. We can have our differences, but we should not be divided,” he said.

Islamic Dakwah Foundation Malaysia (Yadim) president Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the meeting had provided the NGOs with the opportunity to convey their messages and views directly to the Prime Minister.

He said they were satisfied with Najib’s explanations.

“The Prime Minister told us that a battle of perception was being waged in cyberspace through social media
and other Internet platforms.

“On the kalimah Allah issue, he told us to remain calm and play a role in preserving the unity, stability and harmony in the country.

“He said he is a leader for all Malaysians and is trying to find a solution,” said Dr Asyraf, who is also the coordinator for the meeting.

Gabungan Wawasan Generasi Felda deputy chairman Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar has called on the Government to “flex its muscles” in dealing with issues affecting the country.

“The Government should be firm and use laws to deal with issues. The Prime Minister must also ensure that Ministers and civil servants respond to problems effectively,” he said.

Federation of Malay Student’s Union president Jais Abdul Karim said they would convey Najib’s explanation to their 400,000 members through social media.


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