Islam to be religion of federation, says Najib

Islam to be religion of federation, says Najib

UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his adjournment speech at the party's annual general assembly Saturday, highlighted several issues, including religion, the economic agenda for the Bumiputeras and the party's transformation programme. Some of the highlights were:

RELIGION

"I have discussed with the deputy president (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) and Datuk Seri Jamil Khir (Baharom), (that) we will amend Article 33 of the party's constitution.

"We will no longer state Islam as the official religion. We will say that Islam is the religion of the federation and that Islam holds the Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

"The assembly clearly supports commitment of the government to elevate Islam and its law in defending the sanctity of the religion in the country. If there are quarters who cannot accept this reality -- those who have closed their minds to the good deeds we are doing -- we will not be disheartened.

"Sheikh (Dr) Khalid Ali(-Al-Ghamdi), who was imam of Friday prayers (at the Putra World Trade Centre), was proud (of Malaysia) in defending the sanctity of Islam.

"When we decided that the definition of Islam as that following the teaching of Sunnah Wal Jamaah, he (Khalid) said Malaysia was the only country which had explicitly made the distinction about the definition of Islam."

BUMIPUTERA ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

"Malays and Bumiputera want to see the implementation of empowering (the) Bumiputera economy agenda. I will see this through. We have met and discussed with all chief executives of GLCs (government-linked companies). (The) agenda is a national agenda."

"All chief executives and management must carry out the agenda to show their commitment (and) we will make it the KPI (key performance index) of the CEO of the GLC.

"I will be monitoring this. End of this year, I want to see the report card, scorecard.

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