KUALA LUMPUR – Opening the 27th ASEAN Summit here today, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak delivered a hard-hitting speech against extremism and terrorism, stressing that new solutions had to be found to address the problem.
Speaking in front of leaders from across Southeast Asia, the Malaysian prime minister said military might alone would not be enough to defeat those who were bent on causing war, mayhem and death as well as desolation and despair.
“It is the ideology propagated by these extremists that is the cause of this sadistic violence, and in this time of tragedy we must not lose sight of the fact that the ideology itself must be exposed as the lie that it is – and vanquished.
“For it is not Islamic. It cannot be,” said Najib, who is the 2015 ASEAN chairman, in the speech delivered at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here.
The prime minister had started his speech by referencing the many innocent lives lost due to terror acts in places like Paris, Beirut, Sinai, southern Philippines and Mali. – BERNAMA