M’sians must stay united to overcome IS threats

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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians must be united and cooperate with the authorities to become responsible citizens to fight the intrusion of terror group Islamic State (IS) in the country.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said Malaysians must always be alert and aware of what was happening around them.

“Knowing what is going on around us is not about being a ‘busy body’ because the Daesh movement is no more a conventional or organised movement.

“It influences anybody to act beyond religious understandings and human behaviour. To overcome such threats we need to be united as this is our country.

“We must put aside political ideology and religion to ensure peace and harmony,” he told reporters here today when commenting on the suicide bomb attack at the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia on Monday.

He had earlier attended the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house hosted by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers at Seri Perdana here.

Four security guards were killed in the suicide bomb attack in Madinah.

Asked to comment about religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik’s remark that “every Muslim should be a terrorist”, Asyraf said such a statement needed to be verified.

“Any element of violence is against the principle of Islam. We need to verify such statements from a knowledgeable and reputable scholar. I don’t think it came from such a reputable scholar,” he said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said although security had been tightened at all government hospitals, the ministry would need assistance from the police.

“Hospitals have their own security arrangements but they are not experts in threats from terrorists,” he said.

BERNAMA