Bersih 2.0 condemns in the strongest language Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s call upon Umno members to emulate the “bravery” of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isis, also known as Isil) terrorists and views this as a grave threat to parliamentary democracy.
Isis has been committing gruesome crimes against humanity of beheading and indiscriminate killing of civilians and prisoners of war.
The group is turning Iraq and Syria into another killing field of ethno-religious hatred after the former Yugoslavia and Burundi-Rwanda.
Najib’s praise for Isis is an assault to humanity and civilisation. His call for its emulation is a covert call for the politics of blood.
It is an international embarrassment to Malaysia and the people of Malaysia that their prime minister has lauded a terrorist group for its criminal actions.
Glorifying the terrorism of Isis signals a readiness of Umno to replace electoral and parliamentary competition with military and violent domination.
This statement is extremely alarming given the growing number and intensity of hate speech under Najib’s premiership since 2009.
Bersih 2.0 calls upon the prime minister to immediately retract and his terrorism-glorifying statement and apologise to all Malaysians as well as the people of Iraq and Syria.
Najib's outrageous statement is both an insult to the thousands of victims in Iraq and Syria, making Malaysia a terrorism-friendly country, and a betrayal to Malaysia’s parliamentary democracy, which he has taken an oath to defend when he was sworn in as a parliamentarian.
Bersih 2.0 urges all Malaysians including Najib’s colleagues in Umno and Barisan Nasional to condemn Najib's statement and demand his retraction and apologies – unless they agree with the call for Umno to emulate Isis.
This is a critical juncture that all Malaysians must stand together and put the interest of nation and humanity before that of parties and factions. – June 25, 2014.
* Issued by the Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Everyone knows that the mirror has two face. This means that there is two side (minimum) to an issue or a conflict. Since Bersih 2.0 has somehow conveniently highlighted the negative part of the issue and consciously ignore the positive part; I would like to invite positive comments regarding the matter.
Remember! The keywords here are UMNO members (political party), Sunni, Shiites, Assad and the factors that enable ISIL to achieved it's goal so far by defeating the army (government established) of Syria and Iraq.