PETALING JAYA: An Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) leader says Malaysia’s history is proof the nation is an Islamic country.
In a video posted on the group’s website, the Muslim NGO’s vice-president, Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni, explained that any country administrated like an Islamic country and ruled by a Muslim was, in essence, an Islamic nation.
Fauzi said that Malaysia fit this bill with it being administrated like an Islamic country for a “long period”.
He said that whatever changes a country goes through will not affect its status as an Islamic country.
Fauzi went on to claim that the case for Malaysia being an Islamic state was made stronger by the fact that after it gained independence from the British, Islam was accorded a special position and recognised in the Federal Constitution.
“We cannot say Malaysia is not an Islamic state.”
In the past, Isma President Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman had insisted that the Federal Constitution had identified Malaysia as an Islamic country.
He had said that attempts by some parties to challenge this “fact” to say Malaysia is a secular country must be opposed.
Malaysia’s status as an Islamic nation remains a hot topic till today, with some quarters arguing that the country is a secular one although Islam is the official religion.