Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has urged all quarters, including the opposition, to be united in supporting the efforts to resolve the crisis with North Korea.
He said the strength of a nation is measured by the unity of its people when faced with external threats.
“If we are united in confronting any form of problem or threat, enemies cannot demolish all that we have built,” he added in a speech, which was published on his blog.
At present, Najib said the government is working on ensuring the safe return of Malaysians who have been barred from leaving North Korea amid a diplomatic row between the two nations.
“I wish to call on all Malaysians, including government and opposition leaders, to be united in providing full support to the efforts undertaken to resolve this quagmire,” he added.
Citing the MH370 and MH17 incidents as well as the Lahad Datu incursion, the prime minister said this is not the first time Malaysia has been confronted with a crisis.
He said these episodes proved that Malaysia is experienced in handling complicated matters involving foreign powers.
“God willing, we have been given guidance by Allah once again in order to bring back the Malaysians in North Korea and to unravel all the questions related to the murder which took place on our soil.
“Malaysia has always safeguarded its good ties with all nations. However, this does not mean they can abuse our goodwill and violate our laws and act according to their whims without respecting Malaysia as a sovereign nation,” he added.