KUALA LUMPUR, January 24 – Malaysia strongly condemns the Islamophobic act of right-wing Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan who burned the Quran in Stockholm on Saturday. The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the Swedish government needs to take firm action against the perpetrators and ensure that drastic measures are taken in the future to deal with the worrying rise of Islamophobia.

He said that the act of openly desecrating the holy book of Muslims by the Swedish politicians involved and no action was taken, is like agreeing to allow Islamophobia. It is also a big provocation against the sensitivity of not only Turkiye but more than two billion Muslims in the world. Malaysia condemns the repeated crimes that target Muslims in the world,” he said in a post on his Facebook on Sunday. On Saturday, Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Quran in Stockholm, Sweden in public.

Anwar explained, Malaysia also condemns all forms of incitement to hate and fuel racism whether in the form of words or actions. “Malaysia reiterates the importance of upholding the principles of dialogue, engagement and mutual respect in resolving disputes. The international community is also called upon to reject those who use the guise of freedom of expression for racial and religious incitement. Stay united against all forms of incitement to hatred and violence,” he said.