Vic­tory use­less if coun­try in chaos: Hisham­mud­din

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KUALA LUMPUR: Win­ning the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion would be mean­ing­less if the coun­try is not safe from ter­ror at­tacks and is in chaos, said Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein.

Not­ing threats from the Is­lamic State (IS) group, the Umno vice-pres­i­dent said the mil­i­tary alone would not be suf­fi­cient to curb the ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties that are spread­ing glob­ally.

“Just look at Syria, Iraq and the oth­ers. When they were tested, and failed to de­fend the pub­lic, the ones who be­came vic­tims are the in­no­cent chil­dren,” the de­fence min­is­ter told a press con­fer­ence af­ter at­tend­ing the Anugerah Nadi Ne­gara awards cer­e­mony here yes­ter­day.

Hisham­mud­din said if it were not for the wis­dom and strug­gles of Umno and its lead­ers, the coun­try would not have re­mained peace­ful un­til to­day.

On the re­cent of­fen­sives against IS in Iraq and Syria to force them out of those coun­tries, Hisham­mud­din warned of the pos­si­bil­ity that the mil­i­tants may look to in­fil­trat­ing the South­east Asian re­gion.

“But if it hap­pens, we will fight them all-out,” he said.

At the awards cer­e­mony, 23 grad­u­ates from pub­lic, lo­cal and for­eign uni­ver­si­ties recog­nised for ex­cel­lence in their re­spec­tive fields, es­pe­cially aca­demic, pol­i­tics and busi­ness, with each re­ceiv­ing RM1,000 cash and other gifts.

The award, which was in­tro­duced in 2009 by Wanita Umno, has been given to over 120 in­di­vid­u­als to date.

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