".....it is time for the massed ranks of the moderates everywhere to stand up and to say to the extremists with a single breath a firm, resounding “no”....." - Najib Razak
My friend, Art Harun posted the speech transcript below.
This was a speech made by Najib in 2012.
After I read it, all I could say was CIBAI LA. NIAMAH!!!
".......so we can best foster tolerance and understanding not by silencing the voice of hatred but by making the voice of reason louder" ah?
A great and magnificent speech about the goodness of moderation. This is an example of how a great leader can change the world by espousing moderation to fight extremism.
This should be emulated by every leader in the world.
"In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad counsels that “moderation is the best of actions”; in Christianity, the Bible says “let your moderation be known unto all men”; and in Judaism, the Torah teaches that moderation in all things is a “way of life” in the truest sense of Jewish custom.
But if moderation has long had a home within the world religions, then the reverse is also true: extremism has never been welcome inside our mosques, churches, synagogues and temples. Perpetuating hatred is, by its very nature, a lonely pursuit, flying in the face of widely held morality – and it is this dangerously untethered animus, coupled with a head-in-the-sand refusal to acknowledge the views and the values of others, that makes extremism such a potent threat.
And yet, time and again the side of righteousness has triumphed. History has been made not by those who espoused extremism but by those who, without surrendering their beliefs, stayed true to the path of moderation. We are all familiar with the extraordinary strength of will and leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, but you don’t have to be a world leader to be an inspiration. Moderates can make a difference wherever they make a stand – and it is time for the massed ranks of the moderates everywhere to stand up and to say to the extremists with a single breath a firm, resounding “no”.
Because one thing is clear: we cannot rid the world of extreme views by force. Violence begets violence – so we can best foster tolerance and understanding not by silencing the voice of hatred but by making the voice of reason louder. Persuasion, negotiation and co-operation: these must be our weapons in the face of enmity and malice." : End quote
By : DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue : KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE, KUALA LUMPUR
Date : 17/01/2012
Title : GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF MODERATES CONFERENCE