PENANG: Malaysia, with its good governance, was a safe country which was prospering in an orderly manner, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said Malaysians were not troublesome nor were they troublemakers as perceived by foreigners.
“Our county is a safe place and its people are harmonious and peace-loving,” he told the congregation at the State Mosque after a tahlil and buka puasa session last night.
He also said the country’s development, led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had left an indelible mark.
“It was a heavy task for Tun Dr Mahathir but he has led the country’s governance to be what it is today. It’s now my responsibility to carry on this task to see that the country progresses further and to continue from where he has left off,” he added.
Abdullah also urged Muslims to strive to correct the misperception of Islam, which was often viewed by foreigners as a religion that propagated violence and disharmony.
He also said Petronas, which is among the top 500 oil companies in the world, had grown to be one of the most well respected government-owned companies in the Islamic world.
“All these achievements have a profound meaning. We can use our administrative and management skills to help other Islamic countries,” he added.
The function also saw the presentation of 2,000 sets of clothes – on behalf of the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation – to needy students, orphans and flood victims in Penang.
Earlier at Hotel Equatorial Penang, Abdullah chaired separate meetings with the state Umno liaison committee, Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings.
There were discussions on the party’s current situation as well as future plans, including preparations for the general election.
It was his first state Umno meeting since he was appointed Prime Minister on Oct 31. Abdullah is also the Penang Umno liaison committee chairman.