16 Jul 2013 07:54

In Egypt and Syria, for example, he said political turmoil made it challenging for Muslims to fast and carry out other religious activities.

"In Syria, millions of Muslims hace become refugees and are forced to live in tents with an uncertain future ahead of them.

"Citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine live in unrest and insecurity while we here in Malaysia are free to make a living for a future," he said.

Najib, who recently returned from a working visit in Tanzania, also shared on the economic situation of African nations and said there was a huge gap compared to Malaysia.

"There are many Muslims there, but their achievement and income is different from us. The per capita income there is USD1500 (RM4763.25) while ours is USD10,000 per capita (RM31755.00).

"Why are they left behind compared to Malaysia although they are rich in oil and fertile land? This is because their political leadership is different from ours here," he said.

At the ceremony, Najib also presented Ramadan contributions to 126 senior citizens from around Felda Chini before breaking fast and performing the Maghrib prayers with the congregation.