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Religious Provocation Will Not Be Tolerated: PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: There is a limit to freedom of speech especially when it concerns one’s faith and religion, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

In a two-minute recorded message posted on his blog, Najib said the government would not tolerate or allow any form of religious provocation.

” The authorities will not hesitate to take action against those who deliberately try to incite religious conflict,” he stressed.

Najib said Malaysia strongly condemns the recent terrorist attacks in several locations around the world including the attacks in Paris and Sydney recently.

He noted that in the context of the Charlie Hebdo case, Malaysia condemns the attacks but it does not mean we accept the practice of provoking or inciting hatred towards any religion.

” To safeguard the country against terrorist threats such as IS ( Islamic State) , the authorities have started specific operations to trace and arrest those involved in militant activities,” he said.

Najib added that Malaysia’s commitment in this matter, was demonstrated in the recent White Paper on terrorism which was tabled in parliament last year.

” We expect to table the anti-terrorism laws in parliament in March,” he said

Najib then urged the people to respect one another as this will ensure a peaceful and harmonious environment.-NST


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