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CHARGÉ D'AFFAIRES OF THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE IN KUALA LUMPUR SUMMONED TO
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express Malaysia’s concern on the growing hostilities, hate speech and defamation of Islam. Malaysia is of the view that such elevated tension does not bode well for the peaceful co-existence of all religions.
During the meeting, the Ministry reiterated Malaysia’s position to strongly condemn any inflammatory rhetoric and provocative acts that seek to defame the religion of Islam as the world has recently witnessed in the forms of populist speeches and publication of profane caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Malaysia is committed to upholding the freedom of speech and expression as fundamental human rights for as long as these rights are exercised with respect and responsibility in order to not infringe on or violate the rights of others.
Malaysia also underscores the importance of initiatives to curtail and eliminate Islamophobia at all levels. At this end, Malaysia will continue to work with the international community to promote mutual respect among religions and prevent religious extremism.
28 October 2020