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ALOR GAJAH – The move by ex-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who sets conditions for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) to join the opposition pact is an attempt to emulate the Barisan Nasional (BN) sharing concept.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, who is also UMNO Supreme Council Member, said the emulating of the BN sharing concept was apt as it had ensured that the country stayed stable and peaceful.

“The move is like honouring that only BN can assure that the nation continues to be stable and peaceful. If the PPBM chairman (Tun Dr Mahathir) himself too can talk in this manner, I feel he has given his recognition.

“As such, BN must continue to be the party which is given the mandate for the continuation, stability and peace of the nation. We do not want a fragile party,” he told reporters here last night.

Earlier, he opened the Alor Gajah UMNO Division’s cluster branch general meeting which was also attended by division chief Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafaar Atan.

Asyraf Wajdi said the consensus practised by Barisan Nasional should also be emulated as it was not cosmetic in nature but real and based on the constitution.

On March 14, PPBM, via Tun Dr Mahathir, had announced its desire to officially cooperate with with Pakatan Harapan, but imposed several conditions including changing the pact’s name. – BERNAMA

KOTA BHARU – Muslim preachers are urged to use the social media when preaching as it is faster and more expansive, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

He said with the present challenges faced by preachers, they needed to be IT-savvy to be able preach Islam more effectively.

“The present situation also calls for preachers to explain to the people how the social media can be utilised wisely based on the principles of the Quran,” he told reporters after officiating ‘Multaqa Pendakwah 2016’ here today.

Asyraf Wajdi said due to changes in the environment, information surge, globalisation and a flurry of gadgets, people have become more exposed to a flow of unfiltered information.

“The emergence of diverse new media that are viewed as becoming greater, more influential and capable of shaping the thoughts of the society is the greatest challenge which needs to be explored and leveraged on fully in dakwah,” he said.

The one-day ‘Multaqa Pendakwah’ event organised by the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) was attended by about 800 Muslim preachers who included imam, as well as Quran, Fardu Ain (KAFA) and religious teachers in the state. – BERNAMA