Deputy Speaker condemns French President’s comments on Islam


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PETALING JAYA: Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon has condemned the recent comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron on Islam.

"As Deputy Speaker, I strongly condemn any form of attack, incitement and anti-Islamic sentiments, as well as insults to the Prophet Muhammad," he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 30).

The Deputy Speaker added that French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo continued to act provocatively publishing anti-Islamic content and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, angering Muslims around the world.

He also said Macron's statement accused Islam and practitioners of being separatists, and that it is a "crisis-stricken" religion worldwide.

"I have consistently rejected practices and insults to the Prophet Muhammad, Christianity and even Judaism because we reject any evil done in the name of religion.

"As we know, Islam rejects all forms of tyranny, oppression, cruelty and violence," he said.

Macron's comments came as France was shaken by the gruesome murder of history teacher Samuel Paty on Oct 16.

He allegedly showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, to pupils in a class discussion on free speech, news agencies have reported.

Macron hailed Paty as a "hero" for representing the secular, free-thinking values of the French Republic, which include a long-cherished right to mock religion.

Anger from his comments has led to calls of the boycott of French-made products by various Muslim countries.

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