Muslim nations can compete with developed countries, says Dr M

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Nov 2019

Dr Mahathir giving his speech at the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim) 58th national Annual General Meeting on Saturday (Nov 30). - Bernamapic

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim countries can compete with other developed nations if they have the desire to equip themselves with better knowledge and strong capabilities, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said Muslim countries have similar capabilities, strengths and are able to compete with developed nations.

"I would like to say that we can compete with them in terms of brain power, but we are not utilising the gifts from Allah, and in that way it will allow us to protect the religion," he said in his speech at the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim) 58th national Annual General Meeting here on Saturday (Nov 30).

Citing South Korea as an example, he said the country was once behind Malaysia in terms of development and administration but has now moved forward rapidly.

"We can see that there are extraordinary development there.

"Today they can be considered among the developed countries, with high income and expertise, and capable of doing things that other Western countries have achieved," said Dr Mahathir who just returned from an official visit to South Korea from Nov 27 to 28.

He also expressed disappointment that none of the 52 Muslim countries were categorised as a developed nation.

The Prime Minister said this was not because Muslims were incapable but was due to their lack of attitude to improve themselves.

He also noted that despite having great wealth in their own nations, Muslim leaders were inefficient in governing them.

"As a result, we can see that Muslims themselves are running away from Muslim countries. They are seeking refuge in other non-Muslim nations because of the instability, lack of safety and justice in their own homeland.

"Unfortunately, when they are staying in those countries, who provide refuge to them, some of them end up committing acts that are disrupting public order.

"Some detonated bombs in the countries that provide them a place to stay, and others even deliberately ploughed a truck into a crowd, killing 80 innocent lives," said the Prime Minister.

He said such acts fuelled anger among the public in the host country and further increase the level of Islamaphobia.

Dr Mahathir urged all Muslims to follow the teachings and lessons of the religion and the Al-Quran so that they can further improve themselves and be able to protect the religion.

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