EGYPT UNREST DUE TO CLASH OF VALUES - RAIS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- Egypt unrest is largely due to a clash of values rather than merely political in nature, said International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.

Hence, he said it was important for Muslims to evaluate the development to enable them to appreciate the importance of safeguarding the ummah political supremacy and struggle.

"Otherwise, whatever is taught in the Quran and Sunnah will be set aside, but whatever is blatant, like war and brutality will be the order of the day. We must resolve this together," he told reporters on his first day in office here today.

Egypt's army has removed President Mohammed Morsi from power, barely one year after he was democratically elected to replace ousted Hosni Mubarak. The army also suspended the constitution and pledged new elections following mass protests.

Rais, who was former information, communications and culture minister, said Malaysians should be aware that a clash between one another could happen if they fail to address the problem of values.

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"Ironically, it was Muslims who were pitting against each other, unlike the Christians or Buddhists," he said, adding that the government and institutions of higher learning should formulate universal values that could be accepted by all.

To a question, Rais dismissed a notion that such conflict could occur in the country as Malaysia had a clear pillar of democracy as well elements of the responsibility governed by the Constitution.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin urged all parties to make the coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi as a cue that a democratically elected government must be accepted and respected by all parties.

Khairy, who is also youth and sports minister, said any action to overthrow a democratically elected government violated the law and the constitution and such action must be condemned and rejected.

Putera 1Malaysia Club president (KP1M) president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said Malaysians should reflect upon themselves and make the unrest in Egypt a lesson so that they could appreciate peace in the country.

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He said the people should be grateful to live in a stable country.

Abdul Azeez, who took part in an operation to fly home about 7,800 Malaysian students from Egypt during the fall of Hosni Mubarak, said KP1M was awaiting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's instruction if it was needed to render similar assistance.

Meanwhile, Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said Malaysians should not be influenced by the incident by taking issues to the street and let themselves be manipulated by the opposition as it could destroy the country.

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