PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has condemned in the strongest terms the repeated vile attacks against the Quran in Denmark following the latest incident on Friday.
Wisma Putra said a similar attack was carried out on March 24, stressing that such hateful crimes against Islam’s holy book carried out during the holy month of Ramadan is a blatant disregard of the sensitivities of Muslims around the world.
“We call upon the government of Denmark not to classify this heinous crime as freedom of expression, and to take immediate action against the perpetrators for spreading hatred and incitement to violence,” said Wisma Putra in a Twitter post yesterday.
According to media reports, recent months have seen several acts of Quran burning, or attempts to do so, by Islamophobic figures or groups in northern Europe and Nordic countries.
The desecration of the Quran has drawn worldwide outrage and condemnation and calls for an end to the authorisation of Islamophobic protests.
In January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that Malaysia would immediately issue one million copies of the Quran to be distributed around the world as a response to the burning of the holy book in Sweden.
He said this would then be followed up with several programmes on appreciating and understanding the Quran.
Other Muslim nations, he added, would also be consulted in the distribution of the Quran globally.
At that time, Anwar said Wisma Putra had also called up the Swedish ambassador to convey Malaysia’s displeasure over the incident.