Chance to become premier Muslim nation

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 May 2003

PENANG: The possibility of Malaysia becoming the most developed Islamic nation in the world lies in the hands of the people, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

He said Islamic nations all over the world had lost their former glory and Malaysia, with its political and economic stability, stood a good chance of recapturing the glory if the Muslim community were to pursue the objective in a steadfast and diligent manner. 

“So far there is no Muslim nation in the world which can claim to be developed and industrialised,” he said when attending the Maulidur Rasul procession, which began and ended at Kapitan Keling Mosque here last night. 

More than 4,000 Muslims joined in the 5km procession last night in celebration of Prophet Muhammad's birthday. 

RELIGIOUS GATHERING: Abdullah (third from right) attending prayers at the Kapitan Keling Mosque in Penang Wednesday.

Earlier, in KEPALA BATAS, Abdullah said Malaysia was the only place in the world where the people had the freedom to appreciate and enjoy the culture of the various races openly and freely. 

“For example, earlier in Kuala Lumpur today I and hundreds of other Muslims celebrated the Prophet Muhammad's birthday and now (tonight) I am enjoying a lion and dragon dance at Dewan Milenium. 

“And tomorrow the nation will be celebrating Wesak Day,” he said when opening the International Cultural Lion Dance at the hall here last night.  

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