KUALA LUMPUR: A study conducted by the Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMs) among undergraduates showed that most of them agreed that Muslim unity would be destroyed if Islam is politicised.
According to the study entitled “Undergraduates' Perception of Islamic and Terrorism Issues in Malaysia,” 68% of the 2,567 undergraduates interviewed agreed that if Islam was politicised, it would be the quickest way to destroy unity among Muslims. GPMS president Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim presented the findings at a press conference yesterday.
He said 66% of respondents agreed that Malaysia was an Islamic country while 16% were uncertain. The remaining 18% did not agree.
The study was conducted in collaboration with the Malaysian Youth Development Study Council last year involving undergraduates in seven local universities.
Suhaimi said the study also found that efforts by the Government and NGOs to explain to the undergraduates the country’s development policies had been fruitful.
“Before this, undergraduates were easily influenced by the opposition’s distortion of the government’s policies, confusing them and causing them to take an anti-government stance. However, this has changed,” he said. – Bernama