‘Strange and amusing’, says PAS on Anwar’s claim of being threatened over Palestine stance

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's statement that he was “threatened” over his criticism against the government of Israel was “strange and amusing”, says PAS.

The Islamist party said the Prime Minister had said this at a solidarity gathering for the people of Palestine a few days ago, saying the threats were in the form of statements from European MPs.

"It is unfortunate that when pressed further by the media to clarify on the threats, he refused to elaborate, saying the government will issue a statement on the issue.

"Malaysia's tough stand in supporting the Palestinians struggle and criticising Israel is known by all and is not something new," said PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in a statement Thursday (Oct 26).

"In fact, Malaysia has official diplomatic relations with the Palestinian government and also Hamas under the previous leadership.

Takiyuddin said if such a threat really exists, the right step was for Anwar to call the envoys of the countries involved and register the country's protest, not make an open statement without any clarification.

"Furthermore, such an ‘alarmist’ statement was made in an event which should have been dedicated fully to the struggles of the Palestinian people, not 'ride' on it to show his 'greatness' as a leader," added Takiyuddin.

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