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Understand religion better to counter those who abuse it for personal gain, PM Anwar tells Malaysians

Understand religion better to counter those who abuse it for personal gain, PM Anwar tells Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has alleged that religion is often misused to benefit small groups due to ignorance or misunderstanding.

Therefore, he stressed the importance of everyone having a deeper understanding and proper knowledge of religion, to ensure that religion serves its intended purpose positively and inclusively for all.

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“…with deeper understanding, clarity and in-depth knowledge we can discuss about MADANI, Islam, Ketuanan Melayu…without deep understanding such discussions would only provide a superficial perspective.

“(If not) Islam will become a subject of ridicule by others, it will not elevate their status. Race will become an excuse for groups in power to make threats,” he said in his speech at the Global MADANI Forum 2024 here, today.

The two-day forum themed ‘Catalysing the Revival of the Next Civilisation’, which started today, was also attended by Minister of the Ministry of Religious Affairs Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Minister of Human Resources Steven Sim Chee Keong.

The Prime Minister also said that the MADANI concept introduced by his government ensures fairness and inclusiveness and cannot be applied exclusively to Malaysia as it is a multi-racial and multi-regional country.

“In most countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia or Egypt, it was led by Muslims because they were the majority. But the participation is of everyone who understands the values ​​of freedom. The principle of justice, honor and dignity for every citizen,” he said.

Meanwhile, Anwar said in his Facebook post that the emphasis on economic development in the country should not necessarily undermine the values ​​of humanity as the ideals of the MADANI concept are unity with elements of justice, freedom, values ​​and economic progress.

“It also reinforces the idea and conscience of former Indonesian Prime Minister ‘Bapak’ Mohammad Natsir ‘Don’t build while breaking down’,” he said in his Facebook post sharing his speech at the Global MADANI Forum 2024 organised by Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM) here today. – Bernama