KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has reiterated its condemnation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) and urged Malaysians not to be influenced by extremist movements.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (pic) said Malaysia's stand in the United Nations was clear on the matter and condemned all forms of violence including the IS militant group.
"We stress that all solutions must be reached via moderate approaches.
"Within our country, we also do not want to see anything that divided our people.
“If there should be any kind of disagreement, it should not be of the extremist kind like IS," he told the Dewan Rakyat during question time Tuesday.
Hamzah said the Government was always careful and advised the people not to be taken in by the influence of such parties.
He was answering a question by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS - Marang) who asked the Government to state its official stance on the formation of the new government in the region under the control of IS as declared on June 29.
Hamzah stressed that Malaysia viewed that IS was not a true reflection of an Islamic nation and does not recognise the group.
"We fully support the United Nations resolution that seeks to oppose and stop all forms of assistance to the movement," he said.
Last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was in the United States, said Malaysia was a moderate Muslim country which rejected extremism.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had also told a United Nations Security Council meeting that Malaysia had deemed IS as a terrorist organisation.
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