MALACCA, 15 May 2009: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today called on the leadership of Islamic political parties to unite to strengthen the “ummah” (Muslims) and their economy.
He said disunity and quarrels among Muslims in the country would lead to its destruction.
“Logically, the unity of Muslims in the country as the majority is the basis for the nation’s development and strength,” he said after performing Friday prayers at the Al-Rahmah Mosque in Bukit Rambai, here.
Also present were Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Muhyiddin said “political disturbances” were created by irresponsible people to destroy the country economically as well as in other ways.
“This may also be caused by the different political situation following the last general election whereby Muslims have become disunited and subscribe to several groups with varying political ideologies,” he said.
He also said that it was important for unity between the Muslims and non-Muslims to create a stable political situation.
“Such a situation will enable us to continue with our efforts to develop the country for us to be successful in economic development and so on,” he said.
He also said that the government was adopting serious measures to overcome the economic downturn brought on by the financial crisis in several developed countries.
Muhyiddin, who is on his first official visit to Malacca as the deputy prime minister, also cut the “pulut kuning” (yellow glutinous rice) in conjunction with his 62nd birthday today. — Bernama