Malaysia PM makes impassioned appeal for moderate Islam
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded on Saturday for Muslims to unite against extremism, warning that sectarian violence risked tearing the Islamic world apart.
"I believe the greatest threat to Muslims today comes not from the outside world, but from within," he told the United Nations General Assembly.
PM Najib voiced outrage at violence between the Sunni and Shiite sects in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan, noting that nearly 5,000 Muslims died in conflict in the three countries in the holy month of Ramadan.
"It is time to end the killing and concentrate instead on building a common agenda for peace and prosperity," he said.