The Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that Malaysia is not a secular nor a theocratic state but practises parliamentary democracy. This seems to clash with what the Deputy Prime Minster, Najib's declaration of Islamic state few weeks ago.It's undoubtedly created more confusion rather than helping to put the matter to rest.Maybe, the Prime Minister should expand a bit more on what he is trying to convey.
The Oxford Dictionary definition of ' secularism' is: 'the belief that religion should not be involved in the organization of society,education,etc'. If we practise parliamentary democracy, which didn't have religious element in it, wouldn't that be considered secular ?.
Has the word 'Islamic' became so offensive that it needed to be replaced with the word theocratic ?
I think we should stop beating about the bush. We are either secular or not. If we are not than we are Islamic. As for me, I am positive we are secular, and it's not a dirty word.