Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government’s sincerity in helping the Palestinians should not be questioned or politicised as a means to attract voters at the Kuala Terengganu by-election.

“This is not a political but a humanitarian issue, something that cannot be politicised. How shallow of the opposition to say that government efforts are for political interest?, he said after opening the Small and Medium Industries Development Corproation (SMIDEC) office here today.

The International Trade and Industry Minister said on the contrary, it was the opposition who politicised the Palestinian issue to fish for votes at the by-election on Jan 17.

“We do not only sympathise but are also angry with what is happening in Gaza. Innocent people including children are being killed. The government view this seriously and had called for a special session of the United Nations (UN).

“This is not a national but an international issue. We cannot dismiss what Israel had done lightly. It must not only be condemned but stopped.”

Muhyiddin dismissed opposition claims the government move urging UN to convene a special session would prove futile as it would be vetoed by the United States.

“We are not asking for a meeting of the Security Council but a meeting of the UN proper. We believe many countries will support our call to put a stop to the Israeli atrocities.”

He said the opposition was afraid that the move would put the BN government on the world stage and was confident the people could evaluate what the government was doing.

The opposition was using the same issues used in the general election like the Internal Security Act (ISA),economy and education, issues that the people had understood.

On the economy, Muhyiddin was confident that Malaysia’s experience in riding the global economic crisis of 1997-1998 would help the country see through the current economic slowdown.

— BERNAMA