Religious militants similar to communists

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  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003

BERITA Harian ran an article on how to overcome religious militancy written by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, who described the war against militants as similar to fighting the communists during the Emergency. 

He said one could see many similarities between the two groups. 

“The biggest similarity is that both groups want to set up a utopian society on earth,'' he said. 

Although religious militancy now “hid” behind a political party which adhered to the country's laws, he said, these people would destroy democracy once they wrested power. 

“They will say that democracy will not serve the Islamic purpose and then go on to establish an ulama-based dictatorial regime.''  

Dr Khir, who is also Umno Youth religious bureau head, said these groups would destroy the economy currently based on an open market system. 

“They will try to prevent women from working, come out with unrealistic business policies and scare away investors,'' he said. 

He said they would also set up a homogenous administrative system in a heterogeneous Malaysia.  

The battle ahead, he said, was to win the hearts and minds of the people, which was a key factor in defeating the communists.  

Utusan Malaysia addressed an issue involving the Organisation of Islamic Conference and questioned the inconsistency of certain member countries. 

In its editorial, it said the manner in which Iran and Qatar were treating the war against Iraq, was inconsistent with the aims of the organisation. 

It said OIC must put up a united stand because even the world community was against any attack on Iraq. 

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