We condemn in the strongest terms the recent remarks by French President Macron attacking Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim ummah at large.
The inflammatory and disparaging remarks are absolutely unacceptable and should be denounced by all right-thinking people regardless of nationality or religion.
Macron’s outburst in defaming the Prophet as well as generalising Muslims as terrorists and separatists is undoubtedly hate speech calculated to provoke Muslims across the world while sowing hatred and animosity against Muslims.
In expressing his myopic and patronising views on how Muslims ought to practise their religion and castigating Islam as a religion “which needs Enlightenment,” the French president has made bare his Islamophobia as well as intellectual incapacity to grasp the real issues that impact the world.
Instead of demonstrating understanding towards other religions and inclusiveness in leadership, it is utterly regrettable that a head of state of a G7 member country, has chosen the path of religious chauvinism and intolerance.
DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI
28 October 2020