Saturday, March 25, 2006

Former Malaysian PM slams Muslims

Muslims are dependent upon others for almost all their needs in life, says former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Currently the chairman of the Islamic Development Bank Vision Commission, Mahathir said that even in the extraction of the wealth and resources that Allah has blessed the Muslims with, they were still dependent on others.

"We hire other people to do everything for us," he said in his address prior to the launch of the report containing details of the vision Thursday.

"The whole Muslim Ummah of 1.5 billion is one huge consumer society, procuring all our needs from outside our community, including our defense and security requirements.

"We produce practically nothing on our own, we can do almost nothing for ourselves, we cannot even manage our wealth," he added.

Mahathir said the Islamic world today was full of paradoxes and contradictions. In spite of a number of Muslim nations bei
ng extremely wealthy, there is not a single one of them that can be classified as developed by any criteria.

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