Malaysia tells Sweden to punish its blasphemers
The alleged plot to murder Lars Vilks has caused some upset in Malaysia. Not because an artist’s life has been threatened, but because Swedish newspapers reprinted some Modog drawings to accompany their reports of the story.
The Malaysian Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, stated in a press conference on Saturday:
Malaysia strongly denounces the reprinting of the caricature of Prophet Muhammad by three Swedish newspapers on 10 March 2010.
[Such] despicable acts disregard the sensitivity of the Muslim world in the name of freedom of expression.
Such irresponsible acts are provocative and offensive in nature and hence it is totally unacceptable.
Malaysia wishes to request the Swedish government to take measures against such publications to prevent the recurrence of such irresponsible acts in the future.
The conservative Islamic party PAS will organise a demonstration on Friday after prayers.
That should do it, Malaysia. It is only a matter of time before Sweden amends its constitution and takes control of its press.