//Denmark seeks Malaysia's help to quell Muslim anger

Denmark seeks Malaysia's help to quell Muslim anger

Kuala Lumpur: Denmark has sought Malaysia’s help to ease the worldwide anger among Muslims over the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Malaysian media reported Sunday.Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said he received a call from his Danish counterpart Friday over the matter, The Star newspaper reported."He telephoned me to ask for cooperation from Malaysia to explain the issue," Syed Hamid told the Star. "He told me they respect Islam and it was never their intention to hurt the feelings of Muslims."He hopes Malaysia can help in explaining and containing the situation from getting out of control and causing a divide between Muslims and non-Muslims," Syed Hamid said.

Syed Hamid said he expressed Malaysia’s opposition toward the caricatures, and asked the Danish foreign minister why such a situation had happened in the first place."But now that it has happened, it is our joint responsibility to calm things down. They (the West) have to understand that this is not something to be taken lightly," Syed Hamid said. "At the same time, we don’t want this thing to get out of hand to the extent of creating problems that will endanger Muslims themselves," he added.According to Syed Hamid, the Danish foreign minister said the government had no control over its media, but stressed that it did not necessarily share or subscribe to the media’s view.Syed Hamid said the Iranian foreign minister had also called him Friday, asking for an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to be convened to discuss the controversy.Syed Hamid said he told his Iranian counterpart that he supported such a meeting and asked Iran to get in touch with the OIC secretariat on organising one as soon as possible.Malaysia is currently the chair of 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Conferences (OIC), which is the world’s largest Muslim political grouping