Thursday, June 03, 2010

PKR leader exposes M'sia-Israel 'trade links'

By Zefry Dahalan

SEREMBAN: A PKR leader has revealed evidence of alleged trade links between Malaysia and Israel and condemned the Barisan Nasional government as being 'two-faced'.

Party supreme council member Badrul Hisham Shaharin exposed a document that “clearly proves there is trade between Malaysia and Israel although the two nations share no diplomatic ties.”

"This document proves there is trade between Malaysia and Israel. It clearly shows us that there is a customer in Natanya, Israel, buying the goods from a company in Malaysia.

“Don't tell me the authorities don't know about it as the document shows that the shipment was done legally and according to procedure,” he told a packed press conference yesterday.

Badrul said while Umno leaders criticised the attack launched by Israeli forces on vessels carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, the government however was cooperating with the Zionist regime.

As an example, he cited the meeting between Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak last June in Paris.

Coca-cola plant in Nilai

Badrul also claimed that the government's move to engage the services of international public relations firm Apco Worldwide also proves that the government has a cordial relationship with Israel.

“There are a few Israelis behind Apco,” he said.

"Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad told us to boycott Coca-Cola as it was a Jewish company but this government approves the setting up of a Coca-Cola plant in Nilai (Negeri Sembilan),” he said, adding this only further strengthens the financial position of Jews.

However, the PKR leader did not spare Mahathir either, saying that the 84-year-old statesman, who has been branded anti-Semitic by Jewish groups, is inconsistent with his stand.

Badrul said Mahathir chose to keep his lips sealed on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's decision to engage Apco but brings the roof down over the attack on the aid flotilla.

He noted that even Mahathir had employed the services of Jewish company Saatchi & Saatchi to work on the general election campaign image and provide consultation.

Badrul said he feels ashamed as a Muslim because of the government's actions.

Stressing that it was an issue of human rights concerning the Palestinians, he urged all Malaysians to join hands in condemning the government's “hypocrisy”.

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