Malaysia condemns Paris attack

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia, led by the Prime Minister, has joined the world in condemning the terror attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

"We stand in unity with the French people. We must fight extremism with moderation," said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who expressed his views in a tweet.

He added that Malaysia condemned in the strongest terms all acts of violence.

The Foreign Ministry, in a brief statement, said extremism must be combated with moderation, cross-cultural understanding and respect.

"Nothing justifies taking innocent lives. Malaysia is united with the families of the victims, the government of France and the French people," it said.

French ambassador to Malaysia Christophe Penot said all necessary security measures were in place and France would remain strong despite the shocking incident.

"We are extremely grateful for the many messages of support and sympathy that we have received from the Malaysian Government and people," he said.

Three gunmen stormed the office of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions.

An editor-in-chief and three cartoonists were among 12 people killed in the attack on Wednesday.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said barging into a publication and shooting people was not a civilised act.

"We strongly condemn the cruel actions of these gunmen and while the incident occurred in Paris, we still feel for the families of the victims and would like to offer our heartfelt condolences.

"This tragedy proves the need for more discourse on interfaith conflict and interfaith engagement programmes," he said.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the attackers' action in the name of Islam had tainted the reputation of the rest of the Muslim community.

"I call on Muslim leaders worldwide to denounce these acts in the strongest terms possible. We must continuously battle not only the perpetrators of violence but also racial and religious intolerance and bigotry," he said.

DAP assistant publicity secretary Zairil Khir Johari said while the party did not necessarily agree with Charlie Hebdo's "often-questionable satire", the terror attack went against Islam's fundamental values and the universal values of humanity.

Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the incident had nothing to do with being Islamic.

"Islam calls for patience and truth, therefore, the sanctity of Islam and Prophet Muhammad are not tarnished due to this group of attackers.

"Having said that, there should be a limit to everything," he said, adding that he understood why Muslims were unhappy with the caricatures in the weekly French publication.

1Malaysia Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urged people to stand together and condemn acts of violence, regardless of where they happened, while Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam deemed the incident "terrorism of the worst order".