Extremism, the enemy of unity, says Najib

Jan 21, 2017

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he arrives at Naypyitaw international airport to attend 24th ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister Najib Razak today called on Malaysians to fight extremism which he described as the enemy of unity.

He said extremism could exist in any religion, but this did not warrant anyone to generalise the religion’s followers as extremists.

Najib stressed that people should not be judged based on their religion, skin colour or culture.

Instead, every person should be looked at based on his or her personal character, he said.

“The problem is not with the religion we embrace; the problem lies with extremism,” he said.

“We have Muslim extremists such as Daesh, we have Buddhist extremists such as in Rakhine, Myanmar, we have Christian extremists, Jewish extremists,” he said when addressing almost 1,000 participants of the ‘Moment of Unity’ programme at the Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup and National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia President Ter Leong Yap.

Calling on everyone to uphold mutual respect and empathy, Najib said continued unity could only be achieved if it was always in one’s heart and mind.

“We are all in this park, we breathe the same air, we do things together, we are Malaysia, we love this country.

“If we can tear down the walls that divide us, if we are compatible with one another, then we can foster national unity and integration,” he said. –Bernama