Yum Yum: Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (left) with Lee (second from left) and his wife Ho Ching checking out the Musang King durian at the launch of the Agrobazaar Malaysia in Singapore. Looking on is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. — Bernama
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia strongly condemns the actions of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, saying the world is horrified by their brutality.
“The actions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq run counter to our faith, our culture, and our common humanity,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his 1Malaysia website.
He said Muslims around the world had reacted in horror to reports of mass executions, killings of civilians and evidence of brutality.
“They are against the teachings of the Prophet, a man of peace and moderation; and against Islamic law, which prizes the protection of life above all.
“We deplore those responsible and call on the international community to act in concert to prevent further violence,” added Najib.
The Prime Minister said extremists saw opportunity when states failed, or were broken by war.
“They prey on the differences between people, using faith as a cover for atrocities. But they do not speak for us,” said Najib.
He said that it was necessary to “fight extremism with moderation” and work to rebuild the bonds between war-torn communities.
“Around the world, the majority of Muslims seek to live their lives free from violence. We do not recognise the vision of our faith being forced on innocent civilians – whether Sunni, Syiah, or Christian – over the barrel of a gun,” said Najib.
Separately, at the Agrobazaar Malaysia launch in Singapore yesterday, Najib hoped the bazaar would be “a jumping off point for Malaysian producers to access new international markets”.
The Prime Minister said the global food industry had undergone huge change as air travel and the Internet brought once remote food cultures closer together.
“Today you can buy keropok in Buenos Aires and durian on Ebay,” he said, urging local small and medium scale farmers and food producers to plug into multi-national supply chains.
The Federal Agricultural and Marketing Authority launched its first Agrobazaar in Singapore, which serves as a one-stop centre for consumers to buy halal products.
The bazaar is based on the “Fruit, grocery, restaurant” (Fru-ce-rant) concept which focuses on premium tropical fruits and fruit-based products. There will also be the sale of agro-based products and food and beverage services, especially tropical fruit-based products.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commended the agrobazaar iniative which brought mutual benefits to both countries.