KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has sent a message to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia expressing Malaysia’s gratitude for allowing Malaysian aircraft to enter the Saudi Arabian airspace to evacuate Malaysians stranded in crisis-hit Egypt.
Najib said the government also thanked Saudi Arabia for allowing Malaysia to use the Tabung Haji facility in Jeddah as a transit point for the evacuees.
“We sent a message to him through his private channel, (we received his message) sometime early this morning,” he told reporters after attending the Gerakan open house in conjunction with the Chinese New Year at Menara PGRM here Thursday.
Najib said he had asked Wisma Putra and the National Security Council to coordinate the evacuation process.
The government decided in Tuesday to undertake the evacuation of Malaysians, mostly students, in Egypt via air and sea following the mounting crisis in the country.
Asked on the crisis in Egypt, Najib said the situation should serve as a lesson for Malaysia in giving first priority to the people at all time.
“We should take note that the people are now feeling more empowered as a result of globalisation. The people’s power is a phenomenon that if they are not satisfied, they will voice it out more openly. This is a lesson for us,” he said.
He hoped that the crisis in Egypt would see a solution based on the wishes of the people who wanted a say in determining the their country’s future as well as in the country’s administration.
“In our system, we give priority to the wishes of the people and that there should not be any interference by outsiders or by foreign countries. We leave this to the people of Egypt to determine what is best for them,” he said.
He also expressed the hope that both sides in Egypt — government supporters and demonstrators — would exercise restrain and avoid resorting to violence.
Source : Bernama