Najib Must Immediately Withdraw His Call For UMNO Members To Emulate ISIL’s Courage

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.7.2014.

Najib Must Immediately Withdraw His Call For UMNO Members To Emulate ISIL’s Courage To Prove That He Is Not Condoning The Militant And Terror Tactics Of A Terrorist Organisation And To Vouchsafe His Credentials As A Moderate Leader Of Peace.

Sin Chew Jit Poh today headlined the announcement of an Islamic caliphate by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) as the leader of all Muslims in the world in the name of the religion of Islam with full civil powers. It is therefore important that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak must immediately withdraw his call for UMNO members to emulate Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) courage to prove that Najib is not condoning the militant and terror tactics of a terrorist organisation and to vouchsafe his credentials as a moderate leader of peace.

About a week ago, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak shocked the nation and the international community

by calling upon UMNO members to emulate the bravery of ISIL. Najib was impressed that ISIL had succeeded in defeating the Iraqi army of 30,000 soldiers with the strength of only 1,300 militants including terrorist suicide bombers. According to Najib in his speech at an UMNO branch dinner in Cheras, such an act of bravery, “when someone dares to fight to their death”, must be emulated if UMNO is to survive.

This is a most shocking statement by a Prime Minister to praise the bravery of a terrorist organization that kills civilians because of differences in race and religious beliefs. Surprisingly such remarks were not highlighted prominently in some Chinese newspapers.

The Prime Minister’s Office has since clarified that Najib’s speech “in no way indicated any support for ISIL”, besides stressing that Malaysia classifies ISIL as a terrorist organisation and has arrested suspected ISIL members in the country. However, this explanation does not in any way absolve Najib of the fact that it was a grossly irresponsible statement to make, especially for a leader purporting to promote moderation through the Global Movement of Moderates.

DAP commends PAS for denouncing ISIL for its terrorist tactics that harms and kills innocent civilians as well as renouncing its members who support ISIL by expelling them from the party. Najib should also show the same commitment and prove that his statement supporting ISIL’s courage was taken out of context by withdrawing such remarks.

There are already reports of Malaysians who have allegedly joined ISIL, and if he refuses to withdraw his remarks, Najib would be perceived to be tacitly condoning or indirectly encouraging terrorism by lauding the bravery of a militant group that uses suicide bombers to harm innocent civilians. Would MCA and Gerakan Ministers dare to make the same call to Najib during the first Cabinet meeting attended by them tomorrow?

DAP leaders will not be distracted by wild MCA attacks to divert attention from the important issue of whether MCA leaders during the Cabinet meeting tomorrow dare to demand in Cabinet that the BN government will not support the implementation of hudud laws and that Malaysia is a secular, not an Islamic state.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年7月1日在吉隆坡发表声明:

纳吉必须立刻撤回他叫巫统党员效仿伊黎(ISIL)组织的勇气这番话,以证明他不是纵容恐怖组织的军事及恐怖行为,并保住他做为和平国家中庸领袖的信誉。

《星洲日报》今天的头条伊位克宣布成立伊斯兰王国, 而伊黎组织以伊斯兰之名成为掌握民事权利的穆斯林领袖。首相拿督斯里纳吉必须马上辙回他叫巫统党员效仿伊黎(ISIL)组织的勇气这番话,以证明他不是纵容恐怖组织的军事及恐怖行为,并保住他做为和平国家中庸领袖的信誉。

一个星期前,首相拿督斯里纳吉让全国及国际社会吃惊,他呼吁巫统党员效仿伊黎组织的勇敢。纳吉说,伊黎组织以寡敌众,虽然只有1300名人员包括炸弹袭击,却打败了伊拉克3万大军。根据纳吉出席蕉赖巫统支部晚宴的致词,他表扬上述的勇敢行为,“对那些愿意拼了命去奋斗”的精神,巫统必须效仿以求生存。

这是首相所发表的最令人吃惊的言论,他赞扬恐怖组织因种族及宗教信仰的差异而滥杀平民的勇敢精神。令人意外的是,这种议论并没有获得中文报章的显著版位。

首相署澄清,马来西亚已将伊黎组织列为恐怖组织,并将逮捕在马来西亚参与这个组织的任何人,而纳吉的演讲稿当中,也未表明支持伊黎组织。无论如何,此等声明并不能为纳吉发表不负责任的讲词解套,毕竟,他曾倡议成立“全球温和派行动组织”,以温和力量推动和平进程。

民主行动党赞扬伊斯兰党斥责伊黎组织恐怖份子般的行径,即伤害及屠杀无辜的人民,并且和伊黎组织扯上关系的党员划清关系,甚至是开除相关党员。纳吉也应该表示同等的决心,撤回有关言论,以证明他在讲词中支持伊黎组织的勇气是遭断章取义的。

根据报道,目前已发现有马来西亚人参与伊黎组织组织,如果纳吉拒绝撤回其言论,那他赞颂武装分子攻击无辜人民的勇气,将被视为纵容或间接支持恐怖主义。马华与民政的部长们,是否敢于在明天首次参与内阁会议时,向纳吉提出此事?

民主行动党的领袖不会因为马华转移视线的攻击而分神,我们将会关注这些重要的议题,且看马华领袖是否会在明日的内阁会议中勇敢地提出要求,让国阵政府不会支持落实伊斯兰刑法,同时宣告马来西亚是世俗国,而非伊斯兰国。

林冠英

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