Hisham: Arab silence over Iraq puzzling

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has questioned the silence of the Arab countries on the possible war on Iraq. 

He said that while millions of people in the United States, Britain and Malaysia had shown their protest against war by staging street demonstrations, the Arab nations which will be the ones affected by the war, were silent. 

“It is sad that these countries are keeping quiet. Where are the voices of the Arab countries,'' he asked. 

Hishammuddin also said that although the Malaysians for Peace campaign was initiated by NGOs and political parties, with him as the patron, no one should politicise the effort. 

He said this before receiving 31,000 signatures for the Malaysians for Peace campaign from Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng yesterday. 

Hishammuddin said the total number of signatures collected to date stood at 1.4 million. 

He said he had also asked that the live telecast of the peace rally to be held by People’s Alliance for Peace Malaysia tomorrow, be screened at the lobbies and other venues of the hotels NAM delegates were staying. 

Chua said that his ministry would continue to collect signatures to reach its target of 100,000. 

He also said that during his visit to Iraq in March 2001, he witnessed the effects of the Gulf War and the UN economic sanctions on the Iraqis.  

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