BY EILEEN NG
A discourse on extremism and terrorism last night was a washout when the speakers failed to make a strong stand on the role moderates can play to counter the slick recruitment methods of terror groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) which have attracted scores of Malaysians to its cause.
One of the speakers, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, said there was a need to reclaim the centrestage and explain the real meaning of jihad and what Isis was all about to the young, who were rebellious and attracted to images of men fighting for what they believed was a just cause.
Another speaker, Ahmad El Mohammady of Malaysia Islamic Youth Movement failed to answer moderator Ezra Zaid's question on why terrorism was so rampant and the role of the silent majority to counter it.
Islamic Renaissance Front policy coordinator Julia Sveshnikova said there was a need to unmask the illussion and romance of Isis.
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