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Ever since Tun Dr. Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister, the opposition has blamed the administration of both his successors for what it claims is a concerted attempt by government to indoctrinate the Islamic state concept.
But the first Prime Minister ever to declare Malaysia to be an Islamic country was none other than Mahathir. On the 29th of September in 2001, Mahathir, then the premier, told a delegation of Gerakan members and leaders at the party’s annual delegates’ conference that Malaysia was an Islamic country. Later, when met by reporters, Mahathir added that Malaysia wasn’t just an Islamic country, it was a fundamentalist Islamic nation, and that he saw nothing wrong in that.
The announcement caused Lim Kit Siang and several other DAP leaders to strike their hooves in fury. Early in June the following year, the senior Lim was arrested on a count of sedition for having distributed leaflets criticizing Mahathir’s declaration.
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