KUALA LUMPUR – Unity and harmony among the multi-racial and multi-religious people in Malaysia are vital to ensure continuous development of the country.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, however, said unity among the people in Malaysia could only be achieved if every race and religious devotee practice their religious teachings and cultures moderately with mutual respect for each other.
“Like it or not, the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country must have clear spirit of patriotism, as it will be the catalyst in inculcating the love for the country and thus, leading the country’s transformation for mutual benefit.”
He said this in his welcoming speech at the national Ma’al Hijrah celebration graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Masjid Negara (National Mosque) here today.
Jamil Khir said: “The country will not be able to discuss matters concerning economic growth, education reform and management transformation if the people in the country are not in harmony and still fighting each other.”
Earlier, Jamil Khir joined the congregation of 50,000 Muslims marching from six locations around the city to the Masjid Negara in celebration of the Ma’al Hijrah.
The parade, which began at 7.45 am, was also participated by civil servants, private sector workers, religious teachers, imams, students, members of uniformed bodies, youth associations, non-governmental organisations and the general public chanting the ‘selawat’ (praises to Prophet Muhammad).
Over 200 high-powered motorcycle riders also joined the parade from Masjid Wilayah in Jalan Duta.
In SABAH, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, in his speech at the state-level celebration in Kota Belud, called on the people in the state to be more committed in working with the state government ensure continuous development in the state.
“In the spirit of ‘hijrah’, let us practice mutual respect, set aside our differences and look at the similarities that we share for the sake of the people’s wellbeing and prosperity,” he said.
The celebration was graced by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. Also present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
In PAHANG, Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah called on all Muslims to focus on efforts to strengthen unity and cooperation, not only among Muslims, but also among other races and religions.
“The success of developing a state with ethnic and religious diversity, like in our country, needs the participation and commitment from the people from all walks of life.
“This is to ensure that the developmental benefits can be shared and enjoyed equally by all, hence prevent disputes that can shake the unity among the multi-racial people,” he said at the state-level Ma’al Hijrah celebration in Kuantan today.
His speech text was read by Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
The celebration was also attended by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. In KEDAH, Council of Regency chairman Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah wanted all Muslims to observe the true meaning of unity in developing solidarity to ensure the continuation of the concept of ‘hijrah’ led by Prophet Muhammad.
“The spirit of unity must be inculcated among all Muslims based on the love for Allah and Prophet Muhammad. The true meaning of Islam must be restored and separated from negative elements which will only lead to deviance,” he said at the state-level Ma’al Hijrah celebration in Alor Setar.
Also present were Tunku Puan Temenggong Datin Seri DiRaja Puan Sri Datuk Seri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Kedah Mufti Datuk Paduka Syeikh Muhammad Baderudin Ahmad.
In JOHOR, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the biggest obligation for ‘hijrah’ is to make changes in giving the best for the Islam, for the state and for the people.
“So, let us move (hijrah) out of our comfort zones, out of our normal routines and out of our closed mind, which have not been able to accept the opinion of others,” he said at the state-level celebration attended by approximately 15,000 people in Dewan Putra, Bandar Putra, in Kulai today.
The menteri besar also presented the state’s Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award to religious teacher Zahari Jaafar Awang, Tokoh Saudara Lelaki Award to Mohd Hafidzuddin Raja Abdullah, Tokoh Saudara Perempuan Award to Salina Er Abdullah and Tokoh Orang Asli Award to Tok Batin Jarin Urih. – BERNAMA