Malaysian leaders condemn Paris attacks

Malaysian leaders condemn Paris attacks
Malaysia's landmark KL Tower is lit up in red, white and blue, resembling the colours of the French flag, in Kuala Lumpur on November 15, 2015.

PETALING JAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and several other leaders in the country have condemned the Paris incident.

He said it was outrageous that innocent citizens were targeted.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, citizens of France and President François Hollande.

"I am shocked by what happened but we must remain united in the war on terrorism," Najib said in a statement yesterday.

His view was echoed by the Foreign Ministry.

"These heinous attacks reaffirm the need for all to stand firm against terrorism," it said in a separate statement.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia had zero tolerance for terrorism, whether domestic or foreign.

"Malaysia condemns the Paris attacks in the strongest terms," he said in a statement, adding that Malaysia would do its part in the fight against terrorism.

He said the nation was "shocked and deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks" that took so many lives in Paris.

"Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the victims.

"To the people of France, Malaysia grieves with you," Dr Ahmad Zahid said.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is also MCA president, said Malaysians should not allow terror groups to gain a foothold.

He said the horrifying attacks in Paris could happen in any country and should be guarded against.

Malaysia, as a country that promoted harmony, unity, peace and stability, would "fight all the way" to prevent this horror, he said.

He praised the police for their diligence in fighting terrorism.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan tweeted: "Our prayers go to the innocent victims in Paris. Heinous crime. Whatever the motive was, it was unforgivable."

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the wing would join hands with all peace-seeking members of the global community in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the senseless and mindless acts of mass murder in Paris on innocent people.

"We stand steadfastly with all our Muslim sisters and brothers in making the strongest possible assertion that these unforgivable acts are to be condemned and justice must be served," she said.

"Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims."

Deputy Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Datuk Seri Panglima Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted: "So sad. Our thoughts and prayers for all the victims, their families and all Parisians."

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the killing of innocent civilians and causing fear were against the teachings of Islam.

He said it was wrong to slaughter innocents for whatever cause or reason.

"Islam is against murder and creating friction in society," he said.

PAS offered its condolences to the victims' families, Hollande and the French citizens.

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