Tuesday, August 3, 2004

"I Am Not A Leader of Muslims, But A Muslim Leader Of All Malaysians"

Oleh/By : DATO' SERI ABDULLAH BIN HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
Tempat/Venue : FEDERAL HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR

Tarikh/Date : 03/08/2004
Tajuk/Title : “DIALOGUE THE KEY TO UNITY OF MULTIRELIGIOUS, MULTIETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES” AT THE PLENARY COMMISION ON FAITH AND ORDER OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (03-08-2004)




6. AS PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA, I AM NOT A LEADER OF MUSLIMS, BUT A MUSLIM LEADER OF ALL MALAYSIANS. THEREFORE, I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY NOT JUST TO MY FELLOW MUSLIMS, BUT ALSO TO MALAYSIANS WHO PROFESS OTHER RELIGIONS AS WELL. IT IS MY DUTY TO ENSURE THAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED, THAT THEY ARE FREE TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH, AND THAT THEY ARE NOT PERSECUTED BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT FROM THE DOMINANT MAJORITY. IT IS MY DUTY TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE AMONG ALL; ESPECIALLY TO THE MUSLIM MAJORITY. WE HAVE SEEN IN OTHER COUNTRIES HOW MAJORITY GROUPS CAN EASILY PERSECUTE MINORITIES. WE HAVE SEEN HOW MINORITIES ARE ROBBED OF THEIR FAITH, THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND THEIR DIGNITY.