On 17th July ’07, NTR said this “Islam is the official religion and we are an Islamic state. But as an Islamic state, it does not mean that we don’t respect the non-muslims. The muslims and the non-muslims have their own rights (in this country)”.

This was said during the official opening of the ‘International Conference on the Role of Islamic States in a Globalised World’ on behalf of AAB at a hotel in K.L.

NTR was further quoted as saying that Malaysia does not want to be stereotyped with the Western definitions of a secular and a non-secular state.

Bernama has the full report here.

For added reading and perspectives, go here and here.

Looks like the ‘saya yang menurut perintah’ deputy will be in for another round of ‘grilling’ here in Malaysia while the boss will be ‘throwing another shrimp on the barbie’ down under.

And I wonder if the new plane has been taken for a test drive flight.