Stay united to avoid hostility, PM tells Muslims

NST/ Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country have been reminded to stay united to avoid disputes and hostility.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said slight differences in opinion and beliefs among people practising the same religion should not lead to hatred.

“A consensus happens when something gets 100 per cent agreement from all parties, but that is something impossible.

“Hence, the other way (of reaching an agreement is to accept) a majority’s decision. What is decided by the majority must be accepted with an open heart by the minority without any hue and cry,” he said in his speech at the 57th National Malaysian Islamic Welfare Association (Perkim) general annual meeting at Jalan Pahang here today.

In this way, the Muslim community can move as one with mutual respect and love, in keeping with what is enshrined in the Quran, he said.

Dr Mahathir added that the democratic approach would enable organisations and countries led by Muslims to run smoothly, and governments to bring prosperity to the people.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir, who is also Perkim president, said he hopes the organisation will continue to carry out its responsibility of explaining the true teachings of Islam to the people, including non-Muslims.

The Perkim annual general meeting was attended by 250 people, including Perkim National Council members, delegates and observers nationwide.

Also present were Perkim secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Yusof Noor, Perkim honorary treasurer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim and Perkim vice president Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd