Malaysia is gravely concerned over the growing open hostilities towards Muslims. As a matter of principle, we 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 blasphemous caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
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. In this context, to denigrate and tarnish Islam’s Holy Prophet (ﷺ), and to associate Islam with terrorism are certainly beyond the scope of such rights. Such an act is provocative and disrespectful towards Islam and more than two billion Muslims all over the world.
As a democratic and moderate Islamic country with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, Malaysia continues to promote and maintain harmonious relations and peaceful co-existence, not only among our people of different faiths and convictions, but also in the context of the diverse global community. Malaysia will continue to work with the international community to promote mutual respect among religions and prevent religious extremism at all levels.
Minister of Foreign Affairs