Palestine-awareness: calling all Malaysians?

The Star reports:

KUALA TERENGGANU: All Malay­­sians must come forward to raise awareness and generate a pressure group in aid of the Palestinians, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said the drive to raise awareness about the Israel-Palestine conflict was not about instilling hate towards the Jews but to advocate a peaceful means to end the conflict.

But that’s exactly what those people at the anti-war vigil, organised by the Anti-War Coalition, did the previous night at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. And what did they get as a result? The crowd was asked to disperse and some 21 people got arrested by the police!

According to Malaysiakini, the vigil was meant ‘to show support to the victims of war and aggression in Palestine and Sri Lanka’, an initiative that is worthy of praise and support by the authorities and fellow Malaysians.

Surely the concern for the welfare and dignity of the Palestinians (and other victims of war and agression elsewhere in the world) is not the preserve of selected politicians and groups. Why, recent worldwide protests against Israeli assault on Gaza had witnessed the participation of people from various ethnic, religious, class, gender and ideological backgrounds.

Set against this backdrop, some people may wonder, rightly or wrongly, whether this invitation to raise awareness about the Palestinian issue is only meant for the consumption of the Kuala Terengganu constituency in the run-up to the polling day.


3 Responses to “Palestine-awareness: calling all Malaysians?”

  1. 1 cafe paris 12 January 2009 at 6:31 am

    Peace between Israel and Gaza please !!!

  2. 2 Alias 12 January 2009 at 11:40 am

    Mungkin boleh dimaafkan jika kita membeli peralatan yang canggih yang kita tidak ada kemampuan dan kepakaran untuk membuatnya dari negara Amerika, tetapi adalah keterlaluan kalau hendak menyediakan minuman (Coca-cola) dan menggorengkan ayam (Mc Donald) yang boleh kita lakukan sendiri itu pun kita menggunakan perkhidmatan syarikat Amerika.

  3. 3 Pakai otaklah 12 January 2009 at 1:05 pm

    People asking to love each other (peace), but for them to hate each other.

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