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Umno members prefer rational protest on Jerusalem’s status

Members of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) listen to a speech by Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during its general assembly in Kuala Lumpur

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR, December 8, 2017: Umno members met at the party’s general assemble today said they prefer the protest against the United States’ decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to be done rationally.

They spoke of possible severe repercussions if protesters went overboard in condemning the US for its controversial decision which has been heavily criticised all over the world.

Shamshuddin Yusof from Penang said that as a Muslim he can never accept Jerusalem being recognised as the capital of Israel but nonetheless, he prefers Malaysians to voice their protest rationally.

“We are a small developing nation compared to the US but we are not the only Muslim country in the world.

“If all Muslim countries were to voice out against US president Donald Trump’s decision, then they will definitely be heard.

“That’s why it is our responsibility to make sure we voice out our protest, either through petitions or peaceful assembly while our prime minister voices it out at the international level,” he said.

Muhammad Aiman Iskandar hopes Malaysians will not be hasty in making decisions such as boycotting businesses deemed to be pro-Israel, like the McDonald restaurants.

“Let’s face it, most people who work at McDonalds here are Malaysians and by boycotting them, we may hurt their livelihood,” said Aiman, who is from Selangor.

“But that does not mean we should do nothing. Trump’s decision is not just an affront against Muslims but all of humanity,” he added.

Another member from Selangor, Ashraff Naem, said he was sadden by the latest development and agreed that all Malaysians should protest but in a rational manner.

“This is no longer about politics. This is about humanity,” he said.

On Wednesday, Trump announced that he was determined to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed the State Department to start making arrangements to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the city which is also partly claimed by Palestinians as their capital .

Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak said yesterday at the assembly he was confident Muslims will never be able to accept the US decision.

“We must voice our stand clearly so that the world listens to the voice of the Muslims in Malaysia, that we reject forever and in the harshest terms the suggestion to make Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.



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