Tuesday, June 8, 2010


KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 2010 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today tabled a special motion in the Dewan Rakyat condemning an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and urged the international community to continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine in blockaded Gaza without heed or fear of the threat from the Israeli regime.

He also criticised the United Nations Security Council which he said adopted a partial stand when it came to issues involving the Israeli regime.

The 15-point motion called on the UN Security Council to condemn the Zionist regime under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which had attacked the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian aid convoy in international waters on May 31.

"Malaysia records the utmost disappointment over the weak statement of the United Nations Security Council against the violent attack of the Zionist regime on the aid ship.

"Malaysia calls on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel and not just make weak statements," he said.

The motion was seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

While expressing support for the international call for an independent and accountable investigation into the attack, Najib said, Malaysia called on like-minded countries to bring a resolution to the UN Security Council to refer the Zionist regime's attack on the Turkish aid ship "Mavi Marmara" to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He said it was also proposed that like-minded countries bring a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Describing Israel as a "world gangster", the prime minister said the regime's arrogant attitude resulted from its assumption that it was protected by a world power.

In this connection, he said, Malaysia wished to call on the United States to fulfill its moral obligation in ensuring that the Israeli regime adhered to responsible and civilised norms of a nation state.

"So long as the US support for the Zionist regime was total and not conditional to adherence to universal humanitarian values, there will no end to the arrogance of this regime," he said.

On the setting up of an independent international commission of investigation, Najib said Malaysia had no objections if former New Zealand prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer was selected to head the body.

He also said that Malaysia called for the Israeli regime to make compensation payments for all seized property, including the ships, foodstuff and construction and medical supplies, as well as all private belongings confiscated from the activists in the flotilla.

"Malaysia also calls for Israel to make compensation payments resulting from the psychological, mental and physical trauma, as well as any other compensation deemed fit by the international court," he said to the thumping of the tables in agreement by the MPs.

Najib said Malaysia's commitment to the struggle of the Palestinian people had been conveyed to Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas during the latter's recent visit to Kuala Lumpur.

The prime minister also recorded the highest appreciation to the governments of Jordan, Turkey, Ireland and the Philippines as well as other countries which had helped to secure the release of the Malaysian nationals detained during the attack on the aid ship.

Describing the 12 Malaysian activists as national heroes, Najib said Malaysia was also proud of six other Malaysian heroes who had been on the aid ship Rachel Corrie for their determination to carry on the mission despite realising the risks involved.

In seconding the motion, Muhyiddin said the weak stand of the UN Security Council against Israel did not reflect sincerity in ending the most critical humanitarian crime of this century.

He said that so long as international institutions such as the UN Security Council failed to act against the atrocities of the Zionist regime, concerned segments of the international community would make bolder moves to break through the Israeli blockade.

"The attack on the Mavi Marmara and the killing of the activists on board are the result of the arrogance and wickedness of the Zionist regime, which cannot be pardoned," he said.

He expressed regret that the long arm of the law seemed to be powerless in stopping the military of the Israeli regime from enforcing the law of the jungle.

Muhyiddin urged all members of parliament to set aside their political differences and unite under the leadership of the prime minister in expressing their strongest condemnation for the extreme action of the Zionist regime in attacking and killing unarmed volunteers in international waters.
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