Religious, spiritual aspects vital in building nation’s identity – Najib

Jul 1, 2017

Najib Razak said religious and spiritual aspects were crucial to forming characters of individuals playing an important role in the development of the country’s identity.

The Prime Minister said the first principle of the ‘Rukun Negara’, namely ‘Trust in God’, was at the core of building the identity of each Malaysian.

“When we hold fast to the teachings of religion, it can shape a prosperous life.

“It’s obvious, that we will act as responsible human beings and uphold peace and harmony in the country, beginning from obedience and trust in our respective religions,” Najib said.

Najib said this in the latest post on his official blog, paying tribute to social media users who have shared their aspirations on religious and spiritual affairs pertaining to the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) plan.

Najib said the suggestions provided by social media users were very encouraging and reflected the enthusiasm and support given by Malaysians, especially from theTN50 generation.

“I would like to say thank you for the proposals, and I hope that more Malaysians will take part in the TN50 dialogue to achieve our goal of making Malaysia among the top countries in the world in terms of the economy, people’s well-being, and also innovation,” added Najib.

Meanwhile, Najib also shared several of the suggestions on his post, including one by Ahmad Khalid Yong that Muslims should refer to the Holy Quran as a source of knowledge, including in research and development.

“Alhamdulillah, we have taken measures and made various efforts towards upholding the Quran in Malaysia, from the Wasatiyyah approach to the establishment of the Nasyrul Quran Complex in Putrajaya, which makes us the world’s second largest producers and printers of the Quran after Saudi Arabia,” said Najib.

Among other suggestions shared by Najib was from Cynthia, who said that religious places of worship such as mosques, temples, churches, and gurdwara should organise more programmes and activities involving the multi-racial community, to close the gap. –Bernama