PM: Be grate­ful for the peace we en­joy

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad has urged Malaysians to be grate­ful for the peace they en­joy.

Malaysians could spend Ra­madan and cel­e­brate Hari Raya safely with­out hav­ing to worry about at­tacks, he said.

“Let us pon­der our chal­lenges and ex­pec­ta­tions, and how we can over­come them. God will­ing, our ef­forts and never-say-die at­ti­tude will re­ceive the bless­ings of Al­lah, and we will surely over­come all ob­sta­cles.

“Trust me, what we are fac­ing now is not as dif­fi­cult as what our friends in other coun­tries, es­pe­cially in the Mid­dle East, have to put up with,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidil­fitri mes­sage.

Dr Ma­hathir, who de­scribed the first day of Syawal as a day of vic­tory over crav­ings, said over­com­ing de­sires was not re­stricted to with­stand­ing hunger and thirst, but re­sist­ing all mat­ters con­trary to the teach­ings of Is­lam.

“There are times when the crav­ings thrust us into do­ing things which are pro­hib­ited, which tar­nish our im­age as Mus­lims. But, Al­ham­dulil­lah, Is­lam is per­fect. If ob­served with care, it will make us good and suc­cess­ful. Is­lam is not just a re­li­gion, it is ‘Ad-deen’ or a way of life.”

Dr Ma­hathir said the gov­ern­ment pledged to put the coun­try back on track.

“To achieve this, it has to ex­er­cise thrift and the peo­ple have to ac­cept the need to be thrifty along with the gov­ern­ment.”

FROM TV1

A screengrab show­ing Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad ad­dress­ing the na­tion yes­ter­day.

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