Networking for peace


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Mar 2003

BY ANTHONY TAN

ALOR STAR: The People's Alliance for Peace Malaysia (Peace Malaysia) will network with other anti-war groups overseas in the second phase of its campaign launched here yesterday. 

Peace Malaysia patron Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said the movement might widen its signature campaign to neighbouring countries but needed co-operation from international bodies to do this. 

“We will focus on this region first and widen it to a bigger level later,” he said after the launching ceremony. 

Hishammuddin, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, said the campaign's second phase was timely as the United States was still adamant in attacking Iraq. 

He said the movement would hold another mammoth gathering and parade to allow Malaysians to voice their stand if the US decides to attack Iraq. 

PEACE PLEDGE: Hishammuddin sticking a Peace Malaysia sticker on his official car while Petronas president and CEO Tan Sri Datuk Mohd Hassan Marican (with cap) looks on after the launch.

He said the voices of the people worldwide in opposing war could not be ignored by the big powers. 

“I am sure the US would have already attacked Iraq if there were no protests or gatherings,” Hishammuddin added. 

In his speech earlier, he said 1,100 non-governmental organisations had joined Peace Malaysia, which had collected 2.5 million signatures so far. 

He thanked Petronas for contributing 200,000 Peace Malaysia car stickers to the campaign, adding that the movement did not want cash but items that could be distributed to the public.  

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