Moderates should take limelight from the
extremists: PM

Seri Najib Razak won over a captive audience at the end of the Eighth
Asia-Europe Meeting here yesterday when he reiterated his call for a global
movement of moderates from all faiths to play a dominant role in a world where
extremism is threatening peace.
He expanded further the call he made in his inaugural
address last month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in which
he urged nations to reclaim the centre from extremists. 

He said the response
to his speech from among the 47 European Union and Asian leaders was
spontaneous and rousing.
The Prime Minister said this at a Press conference
after the conclusion of the two-day biennial meeting – ASEM 8 — at Palais
Royal de Bruxelles in the Belgian capital.
I goggled Eight Asia-Europe Meeting with emphasis
on the second and final day when Terrorism and Piracy issues were being
discussed – hoping against hope that there would be a mention about the “spontaneous
and rousing” response (Najib’s word not mine!) to our esteem Prime Minister’s
clarion call to the captive audience “for a global movement of moderates from
all faiths to play a dominant role in a worlds where extremism is threatening
peace”. Nothing!
Surely there must be a comment  – if not from one of the world leaders
attending that summit then from a reporter sent to cover the summit – at least
a passing comment about the “spontaneous and rousing” response from the captive
audience to Najib’s speech. Nothing.
So I go to Bernama. Bernama also quoted Najib “Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who reiterated the call during his
intervention on the second and final day of the summit on Tuesday said leaders
reacted positively to it”. And just to be on the safe side Bernama also
mentioned “Several leaders also came up to him and congratulated him for the
speech”. Who these leaders are is for Najib to know and for us to find out!
Aisehman Najib self-praise is nothing! Self
praise is for losers.
“The advantage of doing
one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in
the right places.”
Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902) British writer