A Chinese commentator is interviewing Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, on issues regarding Islam and Democracy.
M: Muslim countries should not be in a hurry to embrace democracy. We have had no part in the formulation of these ideas, nor with the reinterpretation and application of it. Quite naturally, it will do us more damage than whatever system that we practise in our countries.
M: Muslim nations must help contribute towards world peace and prosperity by adopting a rational and clear-headed policy in their relations with each other and with the rest of the world. Our role is not to be dominated or to dominate but to be equal partners.
M: Indiscriminate acts of terrorism have weakened Muslim governments and countries. Indeed any aggressiveness or thoughtless violence should be eschewed.
M: If the Muslim countries want to play a role in this century, apart from establishing good, dedicated governments, we must promote stability and economic growth and equip ourselves with all the skills of the industrial and information age.