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Wala’ (loy­alty) is core prin­ci­ple for coun­try’s lead­er­ship, says Na­jib

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AZURA ABAS

AND HASHINI KAVISHTRI KAN­NAN PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

THREE core prin­ci­ples — wala’ (loy­alty), wasatiyyah (mod­er­a­tion) and tabayyun (seek­ing truth) — are needed to create a per­fect equilibrium be­tween lead­ers and the peo­ple.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said these prin­ci­ples could not be sep­a­rated for the sake of the na­tion that wanted progress and ul­ti­mate suc­cess in ac­cor­dance with what Is­lam had de­fined.

“We also need to re­ally un­der­stand that wala’ (loy­alty) is not merely a the­ory that stands on its own. It is a core prin­ci­ple needed as the ba­sis of a coun­try’s lead­er­ship.

“I am open to any views and ac­cept con­struc­tive crit­i­cisms. But, they should not be slan­der­ous, deroga­tory or ma­li­cious aimed to tar­nish the lead­ers’ im­age,” he said at the launch of In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 last night.

Also present were Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom and Wasatiyyah In­sti­tute Malaysia chair­man Tan Sri Dr Ab­dul­lah Md Zine­dine.

Na­jib said wala’ must be com­bined with wasatiyyah and tabayyun for the well­be­ing of the coun­try and the ummah.

The prime min­is­ter also said the gov­ern­ment would not al­low it­self to be top­pled by il­le­gal means.

He said a per­son who was “too lib­eral” was dan­ger­ous as he could be­come a traitor by at­tempt­ing to top­ple a gov­ern­ment in the name of free­dom.

He said Malaysians in gen­eral were mod­er­ate, fair and im­par­tial, with­out be­ing zeal­ous and ob­sessed which could lead to ex­treme ide­olo­gies.

Cit­ing the threat of Is­lamic State, Na­jib said the ter­ror cell mem­bers were will­ing to act out­side the law and against democ­racy to over­throw a demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment.

The prime min­is­ter said the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion had taken into ac­count the in­ter­ests of other faiths and dif­fer­ent races in a mu­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety.

“Un­like some chau­vin­is­tic par­ties, our stand is clear, well-guided and thor­ough.

“On this premise, we are a gov­ern­ment that un­der­stands, is re­spon­si­ble and views the peo­ple’s in­ter­est as a whole in­clud­ing ac­cept­ing the mo­tion by Pas to in­clude Is­lamic laws in the coun­try’s ad­min­is­tra­tion,” said Na­jib.

Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang was re­ported to have tabled the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to in­crease the pow­ers of the Syariah Courts in Par­lia­ment last month.

The bill sought to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Al-Azhar Univer­sity deputy sheikh Sheikh Pro­fes­sor Dr Ab­bas Shu­man (left) at­tend­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day. PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

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