Lawmakers unanimously condemn Christchurch terror attack after emergency motion


KUALA LUMLUR: The Dewan Rakyat will officially convey its stand on the recent Christchurch terror attack to the New Zealand Parliament and government.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Arrif Md Yusof announced this after the conclusion of an emergency motion that saw lawmakers unanimously condemning the attack while offering their condolences to families of the victims.

"The Dewan Rakyat stands together with the Government and New Zealand Parliament in rejecting violence, hatred and aggression in all its forms.

"We are confident that the Government of New Zealand will ensure that justice is served for the victims of this incident and that peace and harmony will return to New Zealand," Mohamad Arrif said.

Besides offering its condolences to those affected by the tragedy, he said the Dewan Rakyat also wished to thank the New Zealand Government for the assistance and swift response to the incident.

Mohamad Arrif said that he would be forwarding the Dewan Rakyat's stand to the New Zealand Parliament and Government.

He later invited lawmakers to stand and observe a minute of silence in prayer for victims of the tragedy.

When tabling the motion, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) linked the attack to a global rise in white supremacy ideology, which was worrying.

Lim Kit Siang (PH-Iskandar Puteri) called on Malaysians to be more 'sceptical and cynical' towards information they get from social media to avoid becoming victims of toxic politics of hate and lies.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (GPS-Santubong) urged the authorities here to profile those entering Malaysia who support extremist white supremacist ideologies.

Datuk Dr Khairuddin Aman Razali (PAS-Kuala Nerus) said the incident showed that the Government should not abolish the death penalty for heinous crimes against humanity.

Datuk Seri Rizal Merican Naina Merican (BN-Kepala Batas) praised DAP Johor chief Liew Ching Tong for admonishing Mengkibol state assemblyman Chew Chong Sin over his insensitive remarks on the incident.

In reply, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh said the government will hold a peace rally on March 23 to further promote the spirit of peace and tolerance among the public in light of the tragedy.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya informed lawmakers that authorities in New Zealand are expected to release the identity list of those killed in the attack.