KUCHING, Feb 12 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today outlined four factors that could make Muslims better able to handle the various challenges the Islamic world was facing now.
Speaking at the closing of the Sarawak Islamic Congress here, Najib said the first was human capital development through education and the seeking of knowledge.
“We want to build a generation mentioned by Allah in the Quran as one that is intelligent and wise and be able to build a great civilization,” he said.
The second factor, Najib said, was regaining a strong fighting spirit especially among the younger generation.
“Islamic leaders who are committed and know the path that needs to be taken to bring the community forward,” he said, adding that the leadership must also be well received by others, irrespective of race or religion.
“The third factor is a fact that cannot be denied, is that Muslims have not realised their full economic potential,” he said.
He said they needed to aggressively pursue this agenda by operating in the international arena and being competitive in the k-economy.
Najib said the fourth was improving their work culture and life practices which integrated the positive values espoused by Islam with contemporary values.
These included honesty, integrity coupled with a high performance culture, he added.
Also present were Sarawak Public Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.
Source : Bernama