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Najib slips up on chance to push Ibrahim over the ledge

COMMENT Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak missed as good an opportunity as he's likely to get before the general election to put differentiating distance between him and the extremist fringe within the Umno fold at the interfaith Harmony Walk last weekend.

Instead of saying something censorious against the incendiary posturing of Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, who had called on Malays to burn Malay-language Bibles that used the term ‘Allah' for God, he opted to spout some mumbo-jumbo about moderation.

His waffling reinforced the disparaging definition of a moderate as someone who is too craven to take his own side in an argument...