Speak up or the extremists will hijack the national agenda, Gerakan Press statement by Dr Asharuddin Ahmad, Gerakan’s National Unity Bureau chief

Gerakan has urged all moderate Malaysians of all races and religions to heed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call, to speak out and speak up against all forms of extremism. 

Gerakan’s National Unity Bureau head, Dr Asharuddin Ahmad, said Najib’s appeal was timely in view of so much violence and intolerances taking place in the world.

Dr Asharuddin said recent happenings of intolerances and incidents of racial slurs in Malaysia had also become a worry trend, amidst fears by many people that it could get out of hand, and threaten national unity.

He echoed Najib's call that "it is time for moderates of all countries and religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalize the extremists."

“This call for moderates to stand up and be counted is particular relevant to Malaysia now.The extremists in this country are relatively small in numbers but if the majority of the moderate Malaysians of all races and religions remain silent, the fear is that the extremists may soon hold the nation hostage with bigotry and bias," he said.

Dr Asharuddin said what moderate Malaysians need to do now is to be united in one voice to combat all forms of extremism before they grow in strength and hijack the national agenda of inclusiveness and social justice as Najib' 1Malaysia epitomized. 

In his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Najib said it was time for moderates to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism.

He said there was a need to marginalize the extremists, saying a “global movement of the moderates” of all faiths was needed to work together to make this a success.

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