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Raja Nazrin: Only the qualified should govern

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Aug 2009: Raja Dr Nazrin Shah today said that Islamic countries must entrust the country’s governance only to those who are “really qualified and capable”.

The Raja Muda of Perak said the continuity of Islamic countries also depended on governments that could ensure fair distribution of wealth, a legal system based on sound laws and a judiciary of high integrity.

“And those entrusted with the responsibility must possess the Islamic soul so as to control themselves from power abuse, irregularities or misappropriation and corruption, and regard their task as a duty to society besides placing the people’s interests first.”

He said this in his royal address at the Special Conference of Ministers for Religion of Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore here today.

No uniformity in Islam

He said Muslims today faced the big challenge of reviving Islam’s past glory and in doing so, Islam must be accepted as a platform for unity in diversity.

“In Islam, there is no uniformity or sameness as this runs contrary to the law of nature.”

Raja Nazri said unity began with the willingness to accept that diversity existed and to understand the differences of one from another.

He added that the propagation of Islam should be enhanced with wider interpretation of its teachings through strategic programmes, the media and information communication technology to free the religion of negative perceptions.

On economic prosperity, he said resources must be shared in an equitable manner by ensuring the basic rights of the people to food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, water and energy. — Bernama

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