KUALA LUMPUR June 19 (Bernama) — Malaysia will ask the United Nations to ensure the safety of the humanitarian flotilla leaving for Gaza next week, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister said that he would write to UN secretary general Ban Kim Moon to ask him to appoint a representative to inspect the flotilla with more than 600 members of non-governmental organisations from 20 carries to verify that it carried only humanitarian aid and no arms.
Malaysia will also ask the UN to make certain of the safety of the flotilla in international waters, he said when sending off the Malaysian Lifeline4Gaza team taking part in International Freedom Flotilla II Saturday.
Ten Malaysians, including two media representatives, join this second humanitarian flotilla to Gaza.
The LL4G leader is Dr Noorazman Mohd Samsudin. Others in the group include UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, AMAN Malaysia chairman Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid, Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad and Muslim Care Malaysia treasurer Zulkefli Wahijan.
Others in the delegation are secretary general of the Islamiah al Ehsan welfare organisation Ismail Darus, and journalist Nazri Kahar and photographer Wan Yusani Amir of Astro Awani.
Najib said the request that Malaysia was making to the UN was based on what LL4G had forwarded to the government.
“We do not want any harm done to our ten heroes,” Najib said to applause.
Noorazman had said that participants of the second flotilla did not want a repeat of the incident of May 31 2010.
That was when Israel commandoes raided the main ship of the Free Gaza Movement flotilla and killed nine on board.
Najib said that no one should despair in the struggle to free Gaza and bring justice to the Palestinians.
Source : Bernama