Count our bless­ings

Prime min­is­ter urges Malaysians to be grate­ful for the democ­racy and peace the na­tion en­joy

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad last night urged Malaysians to be al­ways grate­ful for the democ­racy they en­joy, and take note of what hap­pens to their Mus­lim broth­ers else­where in the world when the democ­racy they de­sire does not work out.

Malaysians are still able to un­dergo the Ra­madan fast and cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri safely and in com­fort with­out hav­ing to worry about or feel threat­ened by en­emy at­tacks, he said.

“Let us ponder on our cur­rent chal­lenges and ex­pec­ta­tions, and how we can over­come them. God willing, our ef­forts and never say­die at­ti­tude will re­ceive the bless­ings of Al­lah ( God) and we will surely over­come all ob­sta­cles.

“Trust me, what we are fac­ing now is not as dif­fi­cult as what our friends in sev­eral 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 the 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 ( Praise be to God), 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,” he said.

Dr Ma hath ir said the govern­ment pledges to strive hard to put the coun­try back on track.

“In or­der to achieve this ob­jec­tive, it has to ex­er­cise thrift

God willing, our ef­forts and never-say-die at­ti­tude will re­ceive the bless­ings of Al­lah (God) and we will surely over­come all ob­sta­cles. Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, Prime Min­is­ter

and the peo­ple have to ac­cept the need to be thrifty as well along with the govern­ment,” he said.

If the coun­try is peace­ful and safe, the in­vestors will in­vest heav­ily and the em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will in­crease and the un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem among the peo­ple will be solved, he said.

Dr Ma­hathir re­minded peo­ple re­turn­ing to their home­towns and vil­lages to drive care­fully, and called on non- Mus­lims to join in the Aidil­fitri cel­e­bra­tion to boost racial unity in the coun­try.

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

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