Wan Azizah: Ulama must come out and condemn IS attack


PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged police to reclassify all incidents involving explosives, including hand grenades, as being terror attacks in nature until proven otherwise.

She also wanted the ulama, intellectuals and leaders at all levels to come forward to condemn such attacks.

She said the government must be constantly cautious of any attempts, rhetoric and polemics that not only supported the IS extremist ideology but also all other extremist ideologies.

“The government must also be firm and consistent by providing clear leadership and curb a climate that encourages extremism, racism, corruption and religious deviancy, including by learning from the recent kafir harbi episode where the government was very slow to act resulting in the rise of unhealthy polemics,” she said in a press statement today.

She said Malaysians were shocked to learn that the police had confirmed that the hand grenade attack on a nightspot in Puchong on June 28 was a planned attack by the IS militant extremists.

This was despite an earlier statement that the attack may have underworld elements, she said.

Eight people watching a Euro football match were injured when a hand grenade was tossed at them at 2.15am.

IS has also recently claimed responsibility for the attacks in Bangladesh (in which 20 people were killed) and also in Baghdad (in which more than 165 people have been killed so far).

The PKR leader asked police to swiftly apprehend and disable all active IS cells and bring to justice all those involved in extremist militant activities such as IS.

She urged Malaysians to be vigilant and to remain united.

“We are now a target of the IS terrorist organisation. Therefore, we must reach across our political, ethnic, and socio-economic divide for the sake of our common security and the future of our beloved nation.”