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Is Malaysia a secular or Islamic state? Or, is it a secular Islamic state as claimed by some people?

Our founding father, the first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, had clearly told the Parliament: “I would like to make it clear that this country is not an Islamic state as it is generally understood; we merely provided that Islam shall be the official religion of the state.”

On September 29, 2011, however, the fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared at the Gerakan national conference that Malaysia “is already an Islamic state”. He said that Malaysia was defined as as Islamic state as “the status has been recognised by many Islamic states in the world”.

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