Foundation: No plan to switch Gaza-bound aid ship with another

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 May 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Perdana Global Peace Foundation has no plan to send another ship to take over the mission of sending the much-needed PVC plastic pipes to the Gaza Strip from MV Finch, the Malaysian aid vessel which was intercepted by Israeli forces on Monday.

Foundation adviser Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said it was not easy to get another vessel as it would be a costly affair.

“For the time being, we’ll focus on the MV Finch or Spirit of Rachel Corrie, as it was originally known.

“We have no plan so far to despatch another ship,” he said after the launch of the “Train the Trainers” programme organised by the Malaysia Automotive Institute and Kagan Institute of Australia here today.

According to Mukhriz, latest information showed that the cargo ship was still anchored off Egypt’s El-Arish port, awaiting approval from Egyptian authorities to dock.

He said all 12 passengers and crew members onboard were safe.

Once approval was obtained, the vessel would berth and its cargo of PVC pipes transported by land to Gaza via Rafah, Mukhriz said.

“I’m optimistic that the Egyptian government will give the approval.

“So far, we have received good cooperation from them,” he added.

The ship, which was carrying 7.5km of PVC pipes meant to help restore Gaza’s devastated sewerage system, came under attack at 6.54am Jordanian time (11.54am in Malaysia) on Monday.

Nobody was injured in the incident which saw Israeli naval forces firing at the ship.

Meanwhile, The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) has called on the international community to condemn Israel for attacking the humanitarian vessel heading for Gaza.

Its secretary-general, Dr Yaacob Hussain Merican, said the organisation also urged the people to take appropriate measures to bring the attackers and the Israeli regime to justice.

In a statement here yesterday, he said KLFCW condemned and denounced the naval forces over the attack on the unarmed humanitarian vessel. — Bernama

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