'Concerns about extremism, not opposition to Palestine' - PKR 12

30 Oct 2023 09:56pm
Takiyuddin Hassan - FILE PIX
Takiyuddin Hassan - FILE PIX

SHAH ALAM - A group of 12 PKR representatives said that their recent call to review the Palestine Solidarity Week programme in schools has been misconstrued.

Their concern was rooted in potential extremist elements in the programme, not in opposition to Palestine or support for Israeli actions.

The group reiterated its firm stance against the colonisation that have plagued Palestine, stressing their unwavering support for the government's resistance to Israel's oppression of the Palestinians. They highlighted their voiced concerns at multiple forums, from the State Legislative Assembly to international platforms.

"The continuous ground assault by Israel on Gaza, even after a UN-approved ceasefire, is a blatant disregard for global consensus. The UN (United Nations) must take stronger actions, including economic sanctions against Israel.

"Additionally, given the escalating casualties in Gaza, with numbers reaching 10,000, the international body should ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the region," they said in a joint statement today.

Among the signatories are MPs Tan Kar Hing (Gopeng), Lee Chean Chung (Petaling Jaya), Chiew Choon Man (Miri), and state assembly members Lee Boon Heng (Kebun Bunga), Chua Wei Kiat (Rawang), and Chan Chun Kuang (Semambu).

The list also includes assemblymen Wong Chai Yi (Simpang Pulai), Yew Boon Lye (Chuah), Goh Choon Aik (Bukit Tambun), David Cheong Kian Yong (Kajang), Arthur Chiong Sen Sern (Bukit Batu), and Adam Loh Wei Chai (Bakar Arang).

Media reports on Saturday cited these MPs and PKR assemblymen urging the Education Ministry to reassess the decision to hold the Palestine programme in public educational institutions.

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They clarified their intent, highlighting the removal of violent or hateful elements in these programmes.

The group also countered Pas Secretary-General Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan's claim that their call was influenced by Western media propaganda.

They rebuked Takiyuddin's approach, stating, "Labeling any constructive proposal as siding with the opposition isn't productive.

"This isn't merely a religious dispute; it's about the liberation and rights of the oppressed.

"Broader dialogue is essential to gain global and multicultural support."

The group concluded by expressing surprise at Takiyuddin's sudden critique, especially when he hadn't previously supported anti-Israeli measures in Parliament.

They also called out his baseless allegations, which they believe only serve to stir up controversy.