Don't allow religious extremism sprout

Don't allow religious extremism sprout

Malaysia strongly condemns the actions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq.

The IS' actions of launching a series of massacre in the name of Islam have shocked the world, particularly Muslims, and created panic.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak thus called on the international community to take a concerted action to prevent more violent attacks from the terrorist group.

So far, only two Muslim-majority countries have come forward to condemn the IS' actions.

In addition to our country, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, called earlier the terrorist actions of the IS "embarrassing" to Islam and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.

Like Indonesia, our country faces ideological influence and threat brought by the IS.

It is estimated that about 2,000 Indonesians have been captivated by the terrorist group and went to Iraq and Syria to join the so-called jihad.

Although our government has identified the IS as a terrorist group, and taken actions to arrest those engaged in terrorist activities in the country, there are still many Malaysians who have joined the jihad overseas under the influence of the group.

It is learned that so far, at least 50 Malaysians have taken part in the jihad for IS.

Once they return, they will sure bring dangerous influence.

Sunni Muslim extremists started to conquer new territories with brutal means to establish a cross border "Islamic state".

It has even captured in videos the moments when people, including physically weak women, were killed.

A recently revealed video showing how they beheaded a US reporter has triggered a global outrage.

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