World must come together to combat terrorism: Modi in Malaysia
22 November 2015, Nirapad News: Describing terrorism as the “biggest threat” to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it needs to be delinked from religion as he pressed for a united global fight to ensure that no country provides sanctuary to terror, an apparent reference to Pakistan.
He underlined the need for ensuring that Internet does not become a “recruiting ground” for terrorism, amid the growing trend of ISIS luring youth from across the globe, and spoke about the world coming together to use “military force” and “international legal systems” to fight the menace.
Addressing the Indian diaspora on the second day of his three-day visit to Malaysia, Modi said India draws strength from its diversity and that his government is working to create an environment where enterprise flourishes and everybody gets basic needs like roof, sanitation, water, health care and education.
In his 45-minute speech at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, he said development in India is “gathering speed now” amid the global slowdown and the country is growing at 7.5% with faster growth expected in the coming years.
Talking about terrorism, he said it is the “biggest threat to the world today. It knows no boundaries. It uses the name of religion to draw people to its cause but kills people of all faiths.”
He went on to add: “We have to delink religion from terror. The only distinction is between those who believe in humanity and who does not…. We also have to work within the society, specially the youth.”
Pitching for a united global fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister said it should be ensured that “no country promotes terrorism, there is no sanctuary, there is funds and there is no arms.”
Pushing for enhanced intelligence cooperation among countries, he said it has to be ensured that “Internet does not become a recruiting ground” for terrorism.
“I have said it earlier, I will say it again. The world must come together to combat the biggest challenge of our times….We can strengthen intelligence cooperation, we can use military force, we can make international legal systems for making cooperation stronger,” he said.
Modi said his government is giving the people of India the fruits of a modern economy.
“We are eradicating poverty by giving our people the fruits of modern economy such as universal access to banks and insurance, not just tie them down to endless programmes,” said the prime minister.
As over 15,000 people of Indian origin chanted “Modi, Modi” at the Malaysian International Exhibition and Convention Centre here, the prime minister acknowledged the large proportion of people of Tamil majority among the Indian diaspora in this southeast Asian nation by starting with the greeting, “Vanakkam”.
“Where in the world will 190 million bank accounts be opened in a few months?” he asked.
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He said his government is creating an enterprise that flourished and people have the opportunity to raise their income levels.
“We are creating infrastructure that gives people their basic needs of roof, water, sanitation, electricity, schools, and medical help within their reach and means,” Modi said.
“We are facilitating business. And, we are creating a national digital infrastructure that allows ideas, information, communication, business and innovation to flow freely on the cyber space.”
A cultural extravaganza showcasing the best of Indian and Malaysian talent preceded Modi’s speech.
Of the nearly 30 million population of Malaysia, around two million people are of Indian origin.
Modi, who reached Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, attended the 13th Asean-India Summit and the 10th East Asia Summit.