KOTA KINABALU: Muslims have to stand strongly with the teachings of “Authentic Islam” in the face of terrorism and extremism in today’s world, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Sabah Chief Minister said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message that Islam is a peaceful religion and his fellow Muslims must have a grasp of its true teachings.
“This is our challenge as Muslims, namely maintaining security and peace in the presence of ideologies of extremism, terrorism and wrong teachings.
“We must be cautious when filtering and processing any information we obtain,” he said.
Shafie added that on the domestic front, there are challenges because some are trying to interfere with Malaysia's racial unity.
“These parties use various platforms to create disharmony and instil worry among the people. We need to continue living in tolerance and understanding of each other,” he said.
In terms of facing economic challenges, he assured the people that the state government is continuing various efforts to find solutions and explore options to help them, including promoting local products that will in turn increase tourism receipts into Sabah.