#UMNO2014: Zahid Hamidi To Screen Uncensored ISIS Beheading Videos As A Lesson To All

According to Home Minister Zahid Hamidi, the graphic ISIS beheadings of innocent men, a "shock therapy" for Umno delegates, will be the highlight of his speech at the Umno General Assembly 2014.

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Screening Of ISIS Beheading Video Leaves Delegates At The UMNO General Assembly Horrified

Delegates at Malaysia's Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur watched in pin-drop silence as a short video clip of a beheading by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants was aired.

The clip, lasting about a minute, was shown during the winding-up speech by Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Several people in the audience were heard gasping as the militants grabbed knives and placed them against the neck of the captives, who were made to kneel in front of them, before the clip abruptly ended.

"This kind of act should not happen among the world community. Don't let ourselves be influenced by this deviant act which clearly contravened the teachings of Islam," he said. Ahmad Zahid also condemned the involvement of certain people in this country in the militant group. "Look at what they've done. Is this act or this fight permissible in Islam? Look at it and judge for yourselves," he said.

27 Nov: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Is Expected To Screen Uncensored Videos Of The Islamic State Beheadings During His Speech At The Umno General Assembly

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to shock Umno delegates this Saturday by showing uncensored videos of beheadings by militant group Islamic State (IS) during his winding-up speech at the party’s general assembly.

This Year, Islamic State Militants Have Beheaded Over 15 People, Of Which At Least Five Were Western Hostages, As A Message To America And Its Allies To Stop Their War Against ISIS In Iraq And Syria

This year alone, IS has beheaded an unknown number of Syrians, several Lebanese soldiers, at least 10 Kurds, two American journalists, and one American and two British aid workers.

The Umno Vice President Says The Video Will Serve As A "Shock Therapy" For Umno Delegates To Unite

All these uncensored video will be the highlight of his speech to warn delegates that this could happen here if the people failed to unite.

English daily New Straits Times (NST) quoted the Umno vice-president as saying that the video will serve as a “warning” to the Umno delegates of a possible future for the country should they fail to unite against the threat.

Ahmad Zahid reportedly said that the “shock therapy” was needed to show that the threat posed by the IS was real, and not imagined. “If we do not unite, this could happen here. The threat is real. If they can kill Muslims, they can also kill non-Muslims,” the New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

"If They Still Do Not Wise Up And Realise The Seriousness To Be United, This Will Happen. I Want To Show Them (The Delegates) That The Threat Is Real."

“If they still do not wise up and realise the seriousness to be united, this will happen. I want to show them (the delegates) that the threat is real,” he told reporters after a meeting with representatives of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The Opposition Is Shocked And Horrified. Calling The Move "Unbecoming" Of A Minister, They Question The Intention Of The Screening.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said Ahmad Zahid’s proposal was “horrifying”. “They should not do this. Please have some respect for decent content and the families of the deceased. “You are talking about horrible beheading scenes that even has been censored by YouTube and Twitter,” she told The Rakyat Post. “Has he lost his mind? He is probably utilizing a shock and awe tactic to gain submissive behaviour from the delegates. “This move is unbecoming of a Minister in this country. I hope he will reconsider the move,” she said.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad questioned the intention of the screening, saying, “is it to create fear towards the Opposition?” He said this might be a method for them to gain full support for Umno, but the move was “misplaced”. “He could be implying that if it’s anyone but Umno or BN, this would be the end result. “This of course would not be a true representation of the Opposition,” said Khalid.

Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen dubbed it a “repulsive” move. Wong questioned the rationale behind screening such gore during Umno assembly, when Malaysia has various guidelines for cinema screenings. “No one knows what their agenda is, and even the White Paper tabled in Parliament yesterday had graphic images. “It is unbecoming of a parliamentary paper to have such pictures; everyone knows about the beheadings,” he said.

Lawyers For Liberty And Suaram Are Concerned That The Screening Would Have An Opposite Effect As It Is Propaganda For ISIS

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen, said the move was absurd. “There’s no need to go to that level because that’s exactly what they (IS) want. It’s propaganda and it’s more than sufficient to just state clearly, in no uncertain terms, the actual threat posed by IS,” he told The Rakyat Post. The more important move would be for the government to shoulder responsibility for failed policies that nurtured and allowed such extremism to breed in the country, he added.

Executive director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) Yap Swee Seng’s concern was that the screening might have an opposite effect. “IS has been claiming it defends Islam. Umno also says it is defending Islam and they have groups like Perkasa roaming free and threatening Bible burning. “I think it’s more important to take action on those groups if the Prime Minister is really sincere in warning those who display such behaviour,” he shared.

Amnesty International Malaysia Says It Could Be Effective If There Were A Debate That Followed

Shamini Darshini, executive director at Amnesty International Malaysia, said it could be a step in the right direction if a debate would follow after. But if such a screening was allowed, similar screening practices should be extended to other events as well, as everyone should have the freedom to watch what they want, she opined. “There should not be a distinction between screening videos at private events. It’s still freedom of expression,” she said.

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