PM: Non-Muslims not marginalised
Pauline Puah, sun2surf
Sun2Surf, Jan 24, 2007 -
In an interview with BBC World's Special Edition Asia Today programme today, Abdullah said freedom of religion is guaranteed under the constitution.
"At the same time, we don't marginalise them (non-Muslims). They participate in the government. We have a power-sharing government. (We share the power) among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians," he said.
He said this when the programme's host, Zeinab Badawi, told him that some non-Muslims in
Abdullah said the government had acted "very fast" against some Islamic extremists in the country by educating them or even putting them under detention.
In the 11-minute interview, Abdullah appeared evasive when asked about his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's scathing criticism against him.
"It's his right to say what he wants. I have a government to run. I have to do what I think is possible to do," he said.
Abdullah said the the economy is "better now" and that the Ninth Malaysia Plan, which was launched in April, had gained increasing momentum.
"Maybe we are a bit slow, that's why he (Mahathir) was getting impatient," he said.
To another question whether he had the appetite to run in the next general elections, due to be held in 2009, he said: 'Well, I think so (chuckle), I think so. There is a lot of work to be done."
On the programme, aired live from Abdullah's suite at Dorchester Hotel in
"I've been saying very often that Islam doesn't compromise terrorism and we've said it all the time," he said.
Abdullah added that Islamic countries should have a higher economic status so that the Islamic extremists' voice will be muted.