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Cherish our harmony, says Najib


ENVIABLE POSITION: A peaceful country will help government to achieve prosperity, says PM

 PEKAN: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the country's peace and harmony should be preserved as it will allow the government to  bridge the gap between the haves and have nots, including through the distribution of tithes.

He said a peaceful country like Malaysia would always prosper, allowing its people to perform their religious obligations, such as fasting and paying tithes, without problems.

"We should be grateful as our country is in a much better position. In other countries, people have to fast and celebrate Hari Raya amid war and conflict.

"The fact that Malaysia is a peaceful and prosperous country shows that it is a blessed country where the people can enjoy the benefits," he said at a tithe distribution at the Pekan Convention Centre here yesterday.

Present were his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and state Legislative Assembly Speaker and Pekan Umno deputy chief Datuk Ishak Muhammad.

Najib said the collection and distribution of tithes would strengthen the ties between Muslims, apart from cleansing their souls from all negative elements, such as stinginess and greediness.

"Throughout the fasting month, Allah will give more rewards to all our good deeds, including tithe payment, which is one of the main pillars in Islam."

He said tithe payment was made compulsory for Muslims who could afford it as it could nurture positive values among them.

Najib and Rosmah distributed tithe payments totalling RM1.5 million from the corporate sector and individuals to 5,904 recipients in the Pekan constituency.

The contributors were Bank Rakyat (RM600,000); UDA Holdings Bhd (RM200,000); Affin Islamic Bank Bhd and Tabung Haji (RM100,000 each); Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (RM50,000) and Amanah Raya Berhad (RM25,000). The remaining amount was from two people.

Later, at a breaking of fast in Kampung Marhum, Najib said the peace, stability and security enjoyed by the country should not be destroyed or jeopardised by the call for ubah (change).

"Changes should bring a better future rather than using the term to destroy what we have built together over the years," he said, noting that some countries had tried to implement abrupt change, only for it to end in turmoil.

Najib, who handed Hari Raya assistance to 80 senior citizens in the village, also announced the building of a new mosque there.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, mingling with tithe recipients at the Pekan Convention Centre yesterday. Pic by Luqman Hakim Zubir

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