Prime Minister Najib Razak told the assembled leaders that he had intended to talk about the 'momentous step' that the 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations were about to embark upon, a news agency reported.

He said the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai peninsula, a Malaysian man beheaded in the Philippines and the hotel attack in Mali showed a 'sickening disregard for human life'.

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"The perpetrators of these cowardly and barbaric acts do not represent any race, religion or creed, nor should we allow them to claim to do so. They are terrorists and should be confronted as such with the full force of the law," said Razak.

Malaysia stood with fellow leaders 'against this new evil that blasphemes against the name of Islam', he said. He stated the problems of extremism required new solutions, and military action alone would not be enough to defeat the 'Islamic State'.

"It is the ideology propagated by these extremists that is the cause of this sadistic violence, and in this time of tragedy, we must not lose sight of the fact that the ideology itself must be exposed as the lie that it is and vanquished, for it is not Islamic -- it cannot be," said Razak.

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