Malaysia to bring GMM initiative to UN


Malaysia seeks to bring forth the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) initiative to the United Nations (UN) through a resolution to negate the propagation of extremism and radicalisation.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that Malaysia had restated its call for the GMM to douse the flame of hatred and stem the influence of extreme and myopic ideas of intolerance, xenophobia and racial hatred.

“It is imperative for communities of different race, religion and culture to band together in seeking common peaceful aspirations and celebrate our diversity rather than be influenced, and enticed into extremist traps.

“Malaysia, therefore, looks forward to bringing forth the GMM initiative to the UN through a resolution at this session,” he said. The minister also stressed that it was imperative for the voices of reason, tolerance and understanding to drown out the voices which glorified extremism “that sows seeds of hatred among stour communities”.

The GMM was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak at the 65th UNGA in 2010.

In his speech, Anifah also highlighted the plight of the Rohingya community, adding that the indiscriminate violence perpetrated against them during the “clearance operations” on the militant group of Rohingyas in the Rakhine state by the Myanmar government had raised grave concern for Malaysia and other countries.

He said the operations had claimed countless innocent civilian lives and displaced more than 400,000 Rohingyas.