Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2023 (TDI): Malaysia has denounced the Quran burning act in Sweden in the strongest terms.
They consider it an Islamophobic act of extremist Swedish-Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan.
Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right party Stram Kurs, was permitted to burn the Quran on 21 January 2023.
This act took place outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm causing the Muslim world to erupt in anger due to Quran burning act.
Statements made by Malaysia’s Prime Minister
Malaysia’s Prime Minister said that Malaysia urges the Swedish government to take urgent measures against the perpetrators.
Furthermore, Anwar Ibrahim underlined that Sweden should ensure drastic steps to overcome such acts.
This will address the alarming rise of Islamophobia in the country in the future.
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The Prime Minister underscored, “Such a blatant defilement of Islam’s holy book by the Swedish politician and the inaction are tantamount to fomenting Islamophobia”.
“This constitutes a grave provocation to the sensitivities of not just Turkey but more than two billion Muslims in the world.”
“Malaysia denounces the repeated hate crimes targeting Muslims in the world”, Anwar Ibrahim added.
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Moreover, the leader highlighted that Malaysia condemns all forms of racism in word or deed. In addition, it views with grave concern the rising tide of hate speech on account of faith or ethnicity,” he said.
Anwar said Malaysia reiterates the paramount importance of upholding the principles of dialogue, engagement, and mutual respect in the settlement of disputes.
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The Prime Minster called on the international community to reject race or religious baiting under the guise of freedom of expression.
Additionally, the Malaysian leader underlined to remain united against all forms of incitement to hate and violence. However, the Quran burning act in Sweden is strongly denounced by the international community.