June 4, 2010

Malaysians on board the MV Rachel Corrie will continue its mission to deliver aid to Gaza

KUALA LUMPUR: The second batch of Malaysians on board the MV Rachel Corrie will continue its mission to deliver aid despite a warning by the Israeli navy that it would stop the vessel.
Describing the six Malaysians on board the MV Rachel Corrie as being "in high spirits", Perdana Global Peace Organisation chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said they were determined to carry out the mission.

He had spoken to lawyer Matthias Chang, who is part of the mission to Gaza.

"They are very seasick.
"I don't think some of them can even talk. But they are determined to continue their mission," he said.

Dr Mahathir said an engine breakdown had caused the ship to be delayed.

"They are now two days away from Gaza.

"They have not been stopped by the Israelis.

"If the Israelis stop them, of course they cannot fight because they have no arms," he said after delivering the keynote address at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia International Conference yesterday.

In Kota Baru, the state government has called on Muslims to attend a special prayer at Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium tomorrow to seek divine help to save international aid volunteers under attack by the Israeli forces.

Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said this would be a sign of protest against Israel for its aggression on the Freedom Flotilla.

Nik Aziz said the state Religious Affairs and Malay Customs Council would be asked to arrange for special prayers at all mosques in the state and prepare a Friday sermon on the issue of Palestinians' plight.

He also called on the federal government to raise the issue with the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Conference.