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So are we or are we not an Islamic state, Mr Prime Minister?
Read this Bernama's story Malaysia not a Secular or Theocratic state very carefully (the BM version here). Abdullah Ahmad, our PM, said:"We are not a secular state. We are also not a theocratic state like Iran and Pakistan which PAS wants us to be, but we are a government that is based on parliamentary democracy."The PM did not say that Malaysia is an Islamic state. He did not say that Malaysia is not an Islamic state.
He also did not allude at all to the Deputy Prime Minister's statement that Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular state.
Remember, only these two are allowed to issue statements on the matter, according to a directive by the Internal Security Ministry to the media (after Najib had made the remarks).
I am a little confused here. Confused by the PM and DPM's conflicting statements. What do you understand from the PM's statement? Is he trying to say that we are NOT an Islamic state or is he saying that we are an Islamic state but not like Iran or Pakistan? Or is the statement aimed at Pas and Najib, and has nothing to do with whether this is or isn't an Islamic state?