The Global Movement of Moderates Foundation is deeply concerned and saddened by the deadly suicide bombings which took place yesterday night at the Kampung Melayu Transjakarta bus terminal in Indonesia.
We are equally concerned by the siege of Marawi City in the Philippines by the Maute group which have seen dozens of gunmen occupying city halls, releasing of inmates, and the burning of places of worship.
GMMF, in keeping abreast of developments through its regional partners and contact experts in both nations, wishes to send its heartfelt prayers to both the people and leaders of the Republics of Indonesia and the Philippines respectively.
These horrific terrorist attacks, coming in short respite from the tragic Manchester suicide bombing, only serve to highlight the need for the “Global Movement of the Moderates” to continue apace in promoting the voices of moderation and peace – which is to be cherished by all, irrespective of religion, ethnicity, culture or community against such acts of extremism.
In the words of our Founder-Patron, the Right Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak, “We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side” for this region, or any other, cannot allow for such extremist groups and ideologies to have any semblance of opportunity to gain a foothold in our society.
Dato’ Dr. Nasharudin Mat Isa
Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Global Movement of Moderates Foundation
25 May 2017