The Malaysian Parliament should set a world example and speak in one voice tomorrow on behalf of 30 million Malaysians to condemn the senseless massacre in a series of co-ordinated attacks by Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers and gunmen in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured.
As Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is already in Turkey for the Group of 20 (G20) Summit, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi should move an emergency motion tomorrow immediately after Question Time, and he can be assured of full support by Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament.
I do not of course speak on behalf of the PAS Members of Parliament.
However, I think on this issue of the condemnation of the Paris massacre, Members of Parliament, regardless of party, race, religion, gender, age or region, should unite to unanimously adopt an emergency motion in Parliament not only to condemn the killing of innocent lives in Paris on Friday night but also to urge on Parliaments and legislatures in all nations of the world to similarly condemn such dastardly and uncivilized savagery as unmitigated crimes against humanity which cannot be mitigated by any ground or reason.
Not only should all ASEAN Parliaments condemn the Paris massacre, it should be a specific agenda for the ASEAN Summit in a week’s time.
It would be ideal if the Malaysian Parliament can kickstart a world-wide condemnation by Parliaments of the world as the voice of humanity against such dastardly crimes against humanity by Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers.
Terrorism and violent extremism should not only be a subject for all international summits of heads of government, it should be a standing agenda in all ASEAN summits, particularly with reports that a Malaysian trio is planning to form an “official” cell of Islamic State in Southeast Asia by uniting two established terrorist groups in the region, Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiah.
The Malaysian trio, who are on the wanted list, are former Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Mahmud Ahmad, sundry shop owner Mohd Najib Husen and former Selayang Municipal Council employee Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee who were reportedly the individuals spearheading the unification plan.