Najib : Let’s Not Blame Anyone Over Journalist’s Killing
PETALING JAYA, Sept 4 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged the people not to point fingers at anyone over the recent killing of a Malaysian journalist in Somalia.
“Let’s not play this blame game. The most important thing for us is to take stock of what has happened,” he told a media conference at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Subang near here.
Najib spoke to both local and international media, including the BBC and CNN, after joining the family of slain BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor for the arrival of the journalist’s remains from Mogadishu.
Noramfaizul, 39, was killed on Friday after he was shot while travelling in a four-wheel-drive vehicle with other Malaysian media personnel covering the humanitarian aid mission to Somalia by the Putera 1Malaysia Club.
“There’s a limit to what you can prepare for any eventuality. Insyallah (God willing), we’ll try our level best in the future to prevent such a thing from happening again. No one can guarantee anything. But if you’re not prepared to
take the risk, then stay home,” said Najib.
“This is part and parcel (of journalism). You can take precautionary and safety measures but there’s no absolute guarantee (of safety) once you’re in places of conflict such as Libya, Egypt and Gaza where lives of journalists have been lost,” he said.
A total of 23 journalists have lost their lives while on duty in troubled Somalia since 2007.
The remaining 54 members of the Putera 1Malaysia Club humanitarian mission to Somalia also flew into Subang on board the aircraft carrying Noramfaizul’s remains.
Najib said the safety of members of humanitarian missions abroad was in the hands of the local security forces.
“We cannot insist on more than what they can and are prepared to provide. However, we will try to ensure that the level of security is at its best,” he said.