I’m so sad. What a gloomy 50th Merdeka. Looks like this country is doing away with the Merdeka social contract which clearly states in our constitution which our founding fathers wanted it to be. Looks like this current administration is slowly trying to do away with what our founding fathers wants.
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by Yoges Palaniappan
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has today for the first time said that
Abdullah, in a parliamentary written reply, said that
This is a clear departure from his stand made earlier this month that
Abdullah said this in response to Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang who asked if the cabinet would reaffirm the Merdeka social contract and Malaysia Agreement that
"Islamic principles that I mean can be seen from Islam Hadhari that I have introduced. Under Islam Hadhari, the government stresses development based on knowledge and physical building, as well as the building of human capital," said the prime minister.
"Islam Hadhari is a guideline for the government to be fair and equitable to all communities in the country," he said, adding that however Islam Hadhari does not imply that
Abdullah, who explained that the uniqueness of Islam Hadhari formula has been proven in its success, said: "I would like to refute allegations that my way of ruling the country is against the social contract signed before the
The prime minister also stressed that the government allowed voices of all communities to be heard. However, he said the government would not hesitate to take action against those who abuse the freedom.
"We have to take into account the country’s stability and ethnic diversity. Any statement that could threaten the stability will be punished."
Abdullah also said that the debate on whether or not
"As the country’s 50th
This latest remark by the premier is clearly contradictory to his previous stand that
His response then had come just after his deputy Najib Abdul Razak had upset minorities here by describing the country as Islamic.
Abdullah had said then that the country can be best described as a multiracial nation that practices parliamentary democracy with freedom of religion for all.
“We are not a secular state. We are also not a theocratic state like
At that time, he did not specifically said that