SEREMBAN – The Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, today urged the authorites to monitor and act firmly against extremist movements that disrupted harmony between Muslims and non-Muslims.
He said their inverse interpretation in their own interests clearly flouted the teachings of the Quran and Prophet Muhammad.
“I am confident that if the inverse teachings can be eradicated early, the sanctity of Islam will be preserved and the people will enjoy a harmonious life in a multi-racial society,” he said when opening the first meeting of the fourth session of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly.
Muhriz said Muslims in the state and country had a huge responsibility to maintain the sanctity of Islam which has been accorded its rightful place in the Federal Constitution.
He said Muslims must stick to the true teachings of the religion which he said is peaceful.
“Islam has never advocated or given birth to extremism among Muslims. In fact, it was revealed complete with the way of life among fellow humans and recognised racial differences which God created with wisdom,” he said.
Tunku Muhriz said the Federal Constitution stated that Islam is the official religion of the federation, and Negeri Sembilan is not exempted from adopting Islam as the official religion of the state under Article 5 of the State Constitution without impeding other religious practices.
About the Modern Negeri Sembilan Blueprint 2045, he said the inclusive social safety net policy would continue to be the key pillar in ensuring that all the people would be included in and not marginalised from the intensive modernisation and economic development.
“I am confident that it is not impossible to be implemented because the current socio-economic achievement data have placed Negeri Sembilan on the right track and it is prepared to become a developed state.
“In fact, we are also prepared to move forward and turn Negeri Sembilan into a modern state over the next 30 years,” he said.
However, he said, at present, rural areas were still characterised by small-scale agricultural activities, businesses and services and less condusive settlements.
“Therefore, I hope that the rural areas will be transformed into sustainable villages which make a significant contribution to the economic growth of the state and country.
“A Modern Negeri Sembilan 2045 cannot be implemented if there are no elements of support which can help boost the state’s socio-economy.
“I feel elements such as human capital development, information technology development, security infrastructure network and the provision of quality homes are essential ingredients in the Modern Negeri Sembilan Blueprint 2045,” said Muhriz.
Tuanku Muhriz also called for peace, harmony and welfare of the people to continue to be the main elements in every action of the government. – BERNAMA