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Saturday, Sep 27, 2014

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Najib: Malaysia offers moderate approach experience in addressing extremism

The Star/ANN | Mergawati Zulfakar | Saturday, Sep 27, 2014

NEW YORK - Malaysia is offering its moderate approach experience to address the violent extremism and religious intolerance facing the Muslim world.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia believed the moderate approach could make valuable contribution to fragile states and international affairs alike.

Addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the headquarters in New York here Saturday, the Prime Minister said the self-declared Islamic State, has destabilised fragile nations and threaten regional security.

"They challenge the very notion of the state.

"They call our youth with the siren song of illegitimate jihad and they demand all Muslims swear allegiance to the so-called caliph," Said Najib.

Najib said, Malaysia rejected the so-called Islamic State, rejected this state defined by extremism and condemned the violence being committed in the name of Islam.

"Around the world, Muslims have watched in despair as our religion - a religion of peace - has been used to justify atrocities.

"We have turned away in horror at the crucifixions and the beheadings.

"We have mourned the sons who have been stolen and the daughters sold," he added.

Najid also added that the world must defeat not just extremists but also their ideas and confront the heresy of a state conceived by ungodly men and enforced through violence.

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