Malaysia has no intention to give Israel’s known ally, the United States, any sort of label, the Dewan Rakyat heard today.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said both Malaysia and the US have bilateral ties and are sovereign countries with their own respective policies.
“That is the government’s stance. Also, Malaysia has been very vocal in expressing its stand against Israel in different platforms,” he said while winding up the Supply Bill 2021 for the ministry at the committee stage.
He was responding to an earlier remark by Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh (Pas-Pasir Puteh) during the debate that countries like the US as being terrorists for issuing threats to others.
Pushed further by RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong), Kamarudin reaffirmed that he had no obligation to respond to any remarks by members of parliament during the sitting.
Nik Muhammad had urged the government to act firm against the US and not to give in over international issues such as the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar and the Kashmir conflict in India.
He said some quarters have accused Palestinians of being terrorists without mentioning the Jews who demolished and stole the possessions of Palestinians.
“Actually, they are the terrorists. Sometimes, these big powers like America act like the kings of the world. They will do whatever they wish. If they want to attack Sudan, Libya and any other country, they can.
“That’s why Malaysia’s stand has to be firm. Some say that Palestinians are terrorists, but Israel is a terrorist country. The same goes for the US and other countries. They’re actually terrorists that threaten countries that aren’t aligned to them,” he said.
He said Malaysia needed to rise as a leader among Muslim countries, emphasising the importance of the nation’s role in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
He also said Turkey was an example of a nation that did not bow to pressures from major powers.
Nik Zawawi previously stirred controversy over his remarks in the Dewan Rakyat that the Bible was “distorted or altered”.
He later issued an apology and retracted his remarks, saying he had no intention of hurting the feelings of Christians.