June5th 2238 Malaysian Time
The Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) demands the unconditional and immediate release of all peace activists, humanitarian aid workers and crew members aboard the Rachel Corrie that was illegally seized and forcibly towed at gunpoint to Ashdod by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
The Malaysian delegation consists of Member of Parliament, Nizar Zakaria, PGPO members Shamsul Akmar, Matthias Chang and Ahmad Faizal Azumu as well as two members of the press, Halim Mohamed and Jufri Judin from TV3. They are joined on board by former United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Dennis Halliday, Nobel Prize Laureate, Mairead Maguire, Derek and Jenny Graham from the Free Gaza Movement and documentary film maker Fiona Thompson.
The immoral and indefensible actions by the IDF in seizing and towing the Rachel Corrie from international waters to Ashdod thereby disallowing the aid ship from reaching the port of Gaza is an act of piracy. Israel has thus committed serious crimes on the high seas. PGPO demands that all kidnapped Malaysians and other nationals on board the Rachel Corrie be swiftly released unharmed.
Israel has no right to kidnap anyone especially from international waters nor forcibly detain and imprison them. Such primitive unilateral actions transgress international laws and fundamental human rights.
We call for Malaysians of all faiths and creed to pray for the safety of the kidnapped Malaysians as well as other members of the humanitarian aid flotilla. The people of Malaysia must stand united against injustice and cruelty perpetrated by the Zionist regime against members of the peace flotilla whose only crime is to want to lift the intolerable siege and alleviate the suffering of the innocent and brave people of Gaza.
Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir
Perdana Global Peace Organisation