Stand united against attacks on houses of worship, PM urges

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 31 Jan 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on Malaysians to stand united against crude attempts to disrupt harmony in the country, including the recent spate of attacks on houses of worship.

He said he was also moved and inspired by the loud and clear voices ringing across Malaysia in condemnation of these incidents.

Najib said the chorus of disapproval and anger towards this handful of malicious individuals rippling throughout the land was a powerful demonstration of the true spirit of 1Malaysia, or unity in diversity.

"I know that 1Malaysia has its critics. I know that some Malaysians are quick to dismiss or even ridicule it. I know that some question its substance. To all those expressing doubt, I say this: 1Malaysia has a noble purpose.

"It is a call to action underpinned by aged-old, fundamental values that have always existed with us, such as integrity and loyalty. These core human values are woven together into the fabric of our national identity, our Malaysian identity," he said in his post on his blog. Najib said such incidents in recent days were not only an affront to the religious beliefs, but a visible violation of the spirit and purpose of 1Malaysia.

"It was an attempt to undermine our progress towards acceptance and inclusion, and more deplorably, it was an attempt to sow seeds of intolerance. Still the most unsettling element of these attacks is the underlying emotions that drove the individuals to action. It is this mentality that must be identified and corrected.

"We must not accept intolerance or destruction of our community. I would also encourage parents, teachers and leaders to teach our children to stand united against crude attempts to disrupt our harmony. Only then, will we prevail as a stronger and better Malaysia," he said. - BERNAMA

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