ZAHID SLAMS

DPM: Slan­ders made against lead­er­ship to spread con­spir­acy

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FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

SLAN­DERS against top fed­eral lead­ers have left a neg­a­tive im­pres­sion on the gov­ern­ment lead­er­ship. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this hap­pened as pol­i­tics was used as a plat­form to spread con­spir­acy.

“It is no longer a space for con­sen­sus, but a way to ful­fil one’s de­sires to at­tain power and po­si­tions,” he said when clos­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar at Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Zahid said slan­ders had been lev­elled at Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak to cre­ate a bad im­pres­sion on the gov­ern­ment.

“The prime min­is­ter said he had been badly at­tacked with slan­der­ous re­marks. As the sec­ond man, I am also af­fected by these re­marks.

“I will stand by the prime min­is­ter and will not leave him alone in fac­ing these chal­lenges.”

Zahid said pol­i­tics should be a plat­form to im­prove the well­be­ing of the ummah, but some politi­cians had ex­ploited it to grab power and po­si­tions.

He said the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cul­ture was based on ab­so­lute pop­ulism, which per­mit­ted politi­cians to make prom­ises only to break them later on.

“It is as if the politi­cians have been given a spe­cial li­cence to make prom­ises, and even­tu­ally break them.

“This is what we call post-truth pol­i­tics. Facts are no longer im­por­tant. They will just make prom­ises and do not ful­fil them when they achieve vic­tory,” he said.

Zahid said politi­cians in the West re­lied too much on rat­ing sys­tem that they be­came vul­ner­a­ble when­ever they lost sup­port.

He said Mus­lim lead­ers did not need such rat­ings as they should only worry about the rat­ing that Al­lah set.

He ad­vised the younger gen­er­a­tions to un­der­stand the mean­ing of fiqh in Malaysia and prac­tise mod­er­a­tion.

“Don’t be an ex­trem­ist. Young peo­ple should embrace the cul­ture of think­ing and be­ing mod­er­ate.

“One should also un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the wasatiyyah (mod­er­a­tion) prin­ci­ples,” he said.

The sem­i­nar yes­ter­day reached three res­o­lu­tions — Fiqh Wala’ and Taat (obe­di­ent) as po­lit­i­cal and state in­stru­ments; the ed­u­ca­tion on Wala’ and Taat should be based on the con­cept of Wasatiyyah and Tabayyun (seek­ing truth); and mak­ing Malaysia Wasatiyyah In­sti­tute (IMW) as a ref­er­ence body do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The res­o­lu­tions were pre­sented by IMW di­rec­tor Datuk Mohd Yu­sof Din to Zahid.

Zahid said the res­o­lu­tions would be sub­mit­ted to the prime min­is­ter for the next course of ac­tion.

“I will help the prime min­is­ter to im­ple­ment the res­o­lu­tions at the gov­ern­ment level. I do not want these res­o­lu­tions to be just another piece of pa­per.”

NOOR PIC BY AHMAD IRHAM MOHD

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi greet­ing the pan­el­lists af­ter clos­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar at Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day. With him are Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom (sec­ond from left) and Malaysia Wasatiyyah In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Datuk Mohd Yu­sof Din (left).

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