KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) -- A new assesment on the effectiveness of shipping humanitarian relief aid to Gaza has to be made to ensure the aid reaches the people of Gaza, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said: "We have to make an assesment first as to the effectiveness of the method of bringing relief to Gaza. This is not just a propaganda.
"We are very worried that the cement for example is not allowed by the Israelis to be imported into Gaza. They (Palestinians) may make use of it to build military bunkers to fight against them (Israelis), but without the cement they (Palestinians) cannot build the houses," said Dr Mahathir when asked on the next move of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) to bring aid to the Gazans following the hijacking of the relief vessels by Israel's navy.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the inaugural charity fund to raise funds for the development of a new Kiblah Education Complex, which will comprise a secondary school, a tahfiz centre and a linguistics centre, under the patronage of Yayasan Kebajikan Nusantara (Yakin).
Dr Mahathir is the chairman of PGPO, a non-governmental organisation involved in relief missions.
It was involved in the Gaza Aid Flotilla mission to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza this past week but the Israeli's refused to let the ships in it to go to Gaza but instead diverted them to Ashdod Port in Israel.
The Israeli's also attacked one of the ships in the convoy, causing nine deaths which sparked an international outrage and demands that Israel lift its blockade of Gaza.
The new Kiblah Education Complex will be built in Jenderam Hilir, Sepang.
When asked whether humanitarian aid can be transported by air, he said that he did not think so, and added that "it might be by land".
"If Egypt opens it border with Raffah in Gaza, they want to examine everything and every item that we take and that may cause delays, and also they may consider certain things as dangerous," he said.
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tunku : god damn hosni mubarak and his coward government which is a puppet and also proxy of the zionist.the talibans should go to egypt instead going else where.it is time for the world to wake up and challenge these zionist regime which is the most cruel regime in the world.if the UN can't do anything then we leave it to the talibans to finish off all those proxies.
i would like to thanks those humanitarian aid convoys for the GREAT work though the mission failed.hope more and more of them will go in the future,may be thousands of ship to Palestine this time.