KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has called on the public to reject all forms of religious extremism and to defend the country’s system of administration.
“Malaysia is a liberal and multi-religious country. Any growth of extremist movements will jeopardise its harmony,” said party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (pic).
“Hence, the public must be alert to potential threats towards national security and the growth of militant groups.”
Ong expressed concern over the recent declaration of an “Islamic Caliphate” by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
He said there seemed to be a growing trend of religious terrorist organisations abroad in recent years since the “Jasmine Revolution”.
They might have grown due to negative impact which arose from the relentless pain and discrimination caused by the West, of which there was anger against the injustice suffered by believers of Islam, Ong said.
“However, these organisations have turned extreme,” he noted.
Ong said since the outbreak of civil war and strife in Syria and Iraq, these terrorist organisations have launched a series of attacks in the name of defending Islam.
Ong, who is also the Tanjung Malim MP, said since the founding of Malaysia, upholding the doctrine of moderation and harmony between the races was the basis for the country’s governance.
“The people, irrespective of race, must defend the moderation adopted by our nation’s founders to ensure that any religious extremist groups can never take root in Malaysia.
“National political stability is important. We should continue to maintain stability and any act that risk jeopardising the core of the Federal Constitution should be considered an attempt to create social unrest,” he added.
Ong’s statement follows news reports of Malaysians being involved in terrorism and Jihadist activities in Syria.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said recently that the Malaysian militants in Syria could be jailed.
He appealed to Malaysians not to misinterpret the true meaning of jihad.
“We hope the people understand that the real jihad is not suicidal … and we do not want Malaysia to be seen as a nest for terrorists,” he said.