KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim claims he had been threatened by Western powers over his criticism of the Israeli government following the war in Gaza.
“I will not be cowed and will remain steadfastly behind the Palestinian people,” he said at a rally held at the Axiata Arena here in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Also present were agriculture and food security minister Mohamad Sabu, communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil, and deputy finance ministers Ahmad Maslan and Steven Sim.
Anwar also denounced Western governments that backed Israel despite the many atrocities by the Israeli government, including bombing hospitals and destroying schools, describing these acts to be the “height of barbarism”.
Anwar had earlier this month taken the West to task for its hypocritical stance towards the conflict when they enquired whether Putrajaya would condemn Hamas.
Israel declared war on Hamas following the group’s surprise attack on several locations in Israel on Oct 7.
Following the constant bombardment of Gaza by Israel, the death toll has surpassed 5,000, with nearly half of them children. Over 15,000 have been left injured.
Anwar said during his visit to several Middle Eastern nations over the past few days, their leaders expressed great respect for Malaysia.
“It means they hope that we do something more. Not to treat this issue as an Arab issue but as an Islamic and humanitarian issue,” he added.
However, Anwar admitted that even though Malaysia and other countries are doing their utmost to find a solution, it will not be easy, and conditions may worsen.
Meanwhile, Fahmi said he was informed by the foreign ministry about a special session scheduled for Oct 26 at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the plight of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
The request made by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and supported by Malaysia and several other countries, has been accepted and will be discussed in the session soon.
“Malaysia will play an active role. This is a significant honour and recognition, affirming Malaysia’s unwavering commitment to the cause of Palestinian freedom and justice for its people, especially in the face of the injustices committed by Israel,” he told reporters before leaving the venue.
It is believed that about 10,000 people attended the rally at the indoor stadium in Bukit Jalil.
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