WIEF: Najib urges Muslim countries to commit to curtailing terrorism, extremism

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (second right) together with Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov (centre), Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (second left), Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (left) and World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam pose for a group photo.

KUCHING, Nov 21: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called for relentless commitment from Muslim countries to curtail the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation.

“We have witnessed continued death and destruction in Iraq and Syria, the temporary occupation of Marawai by terrorists linked to Daesh, and the humanitarian tragedy in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

“The scale of suffering and strife that has taken place cannot be allowed to go unchecked,” he said at the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) here today.

He said everybody, across the international community and indeed the Islamic world, has a role to play and he was pleased that Malaysia’s efforts on behalf of the Rohingya have begun to yield positive results.

The prime minister also shared that Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi at the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Manila, had expressed her commitment to finding a solution to the crisis in Rakhine — measures she would not commit to at the earlier summit in April.


“As Muslims, we are enjoined to fight injustice and evil, and this is a sacred duty that we are tasked with,”

Najib, who is also the patron of WIEF Foundation, also revealed that nations at the summit made a commitment to curtail the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation.

“These are measures Malaysia has long called for, and I am pleased that our efforts at fighting Daesh have been recognised around the world,” he added.

He said that Malaysians are lucky because of the peace and stability they have long enjoyed, and due to the government’s long term planning, the county is ready for disruptive change.

He also said that the education system needed to be revamped to prepare for what will swiftly be a very different world.

“We must equip our young people with higher order thinking skills, so that they are open-minded, creative and innovative, and ready to adapt to the jobs that aren’t yet even in existence.” — DayakDaily