‘STABILITY FIRST’, SAYS MAHATHIR


STABILITY FIRST

SAYS MAHATHIR ABOUT REQUIREMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT IN BANGLADESH

HASINA MAHATHIR 1Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh needs political and social stability to achieve its development goals, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday. He was talking to journalists on the sidelines of a convocation ceremony at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Destructive street agitation helps neither development nor democracy, added Mahathir, who made great strides as the head of Malaysian government for 22 years to build a modern country. Held in high reverence in Asia, he was the convocation speaker at the second convocation of University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS).

On the development experiences of Malaysia that Bangladesh can benefit from, he said his country follows “look east” policy for its development.

Japan and South Korea rebuilt themselves quickly despite suffering war ravages, he mentioned. “We believe they have some knowledge of development to learn from.”

About the boycott of polls by a major political party in Bangladesh, Mahathir said complaining about everything and staying away from election and political process do not help much for the country’s prosperity.

He added: A two-thirds majority in general elections and a supportive bureaucracy put him in a strong position to adopt and implement whatever steps beneficial for Malaysia.

At times, some of the steps might be unpopular, but democracy is about respecting people’s aspiration, noted the Malaysian leader.

The unity among regional Muslim countries in Asia could bring about meaningful progress even if the unity of the global Muslim community might not be workable, he observed.

In his convocation speech, Mahathir pointed out the fact that none of over 50 Muslim countries in the world is developed yet.Only the knowledge of science and technology can help the Muslim Ummah ensure its development and progress, he said.

MAHATHIR 21“We the Muslims have the right to defend ourselves and our religion…. We don’t intend to turn into aggressors and conquer the world.”

Chancellor of UITS President Abdul Hamid said higher education must not be aimed at achieving certificates only. Rather, it must enlighten the society and be career oriented.
UITS trustee Chairman Sufi Mohammad Mizanur Rahman and Vice-chancellor Prof Muhammad Samad also spoke.

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MARCH 16, 2014

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