KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is losing the battle against extremism in Malaysia, claimed DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang last night. “I have many differences with Najib, but I agree with his call for the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), which he has articulated in international forums, including the United Nations general assembly.
“However, Najib seems to be waging a losing battle in his call for moderation to oust extremism in Malaysia,” said Lim in his speech at the Kiwanis Club of Skudai’s 13th grand installation and annual charity dinner in Skudai, Johor. Lim, who is also Gelang Patah MP, this is evident in Malaysia recently climbing up the Global Terrorism Index, 2014.
Reports state that Malaysia made the top 50 list, when it was listed in the 48th spot, from 91st place in 2012. “By right, Malaysia should be one of the 40 countries in the world with no terrorism issues, to show our multi-racial and multi-religious harmony, tolerance and understanding,” he said. He said recent years had seen racial and religious intolerance, as well as hatred and extremism, rearing their ugly heads in the country.
“This should be a concern for Malaysia because these would result in a future of conflict and disaster for our children. “I call on all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, to endorse moderation and reject extremism in all aspects of their lives. “This is for us to become a model of multi-religious and multi-racial tolerance, harmony and understanding in an increasingly troubled world.” he said.