Tuesday July 17, 2012
Book about plight of 9/11 Muslim victims launched
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims suffered the most from the Sept 11 terrorist attacks and this should be put on record.
This was the sentiment that led former newspaper columnist Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid to put together a book titled 9/11 and the Attack on Muslims, which highlights the injustice endured by innocent Muslims.
The 328-page book, launched yesterday, comprises 73 essays written by Dr Munir which were published in the New Straits Times between September 2001 and July 2005.
“The essays document a black period in world history, when Muslims were the targets and victims in the war on terror, which quickly began to serve objectives not always related to the fight against terrorism,” he said during the book's launch at a hotel here.
Dr Munir, who is a former Malaysian Airlines chairman, pointed out however that there was no justification for acts of terror and called for its causes to be addressed.
Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, who launched the book, said moderates in Muslim countries and in the West had to confront their extremists squarely.
He said moderates should not only challenge extremists in their religious establishments, but also those in the media and government that champion hard-line foreign and security policies which could lead to violence and conflict.
“In this regard, the launch of the Global Movement of Moderates by the Prime Minister is an important initiative in galvanising and uniting moderate voices of peace,” he said.
Raja Dr Nazrin noted the divide between the West and the Muslim world was largely a consequence of a failure to communicate effectively and said this should not be the case in the age of the Internet.
The book, published by MPH Group Publishing, is priced at RM39.90 and is available at all major bookstores.