on Saturday, February 17

Allowing an Israel official and delegation into Malaysia because they are participating in UN-sanctioned activity CANNOT be seen or interpreted to mean that Malaysia has soften its stand against Israel and abandoned its cause for Palestine. 

In fact, this show Malaysia’s flexibility and diplomatic courtesy to UN and UN-sanctioned activity. Malaysia is still strongly committed to and remains steadfast in its support for the people and the statehood of Palestine.

Furthermore, this new event should also not be seen as precedent because Malaysia can in the future choose close its door to entry for citizens of Israel, including those who are UN officials. 

As sovereign state, this is Malaysia’s absolute right. But this new event could also be seen in positive light. Thus could lead to some engagement that may also benefits Malaysia’s struggle in promoting the recognition of a Palestine state that the country has been backing for a long time.


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