KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to advise the Humanitarian Mission 4 Palestine (HM4P) team to return to Malaysia and not continue its mission to Gaza was made after taking into account the views of the Egyptian government.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said the Egyptian government had informed the Malaysian government that it could not assure that HM4P would be safe in Gaza, and the team was advised to abandon the mission due to security factors.
“The Egyptian government has stated that the safety of the team cannot be assured,” he said after receiving food baskets from the Prolintas Group Of Companies for distribution to Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituents here yesterday.
Kamarudin was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement on Facebook on Tuesday, in which he had urged the HM4P team to return to Malaysia due to uncertainties in Gaza.
According to Kamarudin, the ministry had taken note of the Egyptian government’s view as the HM4P delegation, which was led by Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, was heading to Gaza via Egypt.
“I agree with the Deputy Prime Minister that it is best for the delegation to return to Malaysia for their safety,” he said. — Bernama