Tunku Abdul Rahman upheld the independence social contract of a secular Malaysia with Islam as its official religion. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Abdul Rahman stated in the The Star newspaper of 9 February 1983 that the "country has a multi-racial population with various beliefs. Malaysia must continue as a secular State with Islam as the official religion."Just compare Malaysia with Indonesia and India. Indonesia with its 80 percent Muslim population is committed to secular, plural polity embracing its Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities. While India is not a Hindu Nation although has significant majority Hindus. 80.5% or 800 million of Hindus are currently in India. Some local politicians are calling Malaysia as “Islamic Nation” with only almost 60% of Muslim around. So is it logic and acceptable?
In the same issue of The Star, Abdul Rahman was supported by the third Malaysian Prime Minister, Hussein Onn, who stated that the "nation can still be functional as a secular state with Islam as the official religion.
I have a question for our Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak! What's your stand on this? Malaysia is an Islamic or secular nation?