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Malaysia will always back Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Zahid

DEPUTY Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia will continue to be a strong supporter of the Palestinian and Syrian struggle for absolute freedom and prosperity.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak, we have been doing this, and will continue to do so for as long as it takes until Palestine is a free and independent state,” he said when launching the Refugee Children Empowerment Programme at his official residence, Sri Satria, in Putrajaya.

He said the government would continue providing assistance to Syrians who had migrated to Malaysia.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said Malaysia had received 3,000 Syrians under the Temporary Relocation Programme for Syrian Migrants (PPSMS), which allowed them to stay, work, and receive healthcare and education in the country.

“I would like to thank the Malaysian Humanitarian Aid and Relief (Mahar) for its important role in successfully implementing the PPSMS, and providing services and support to our Syrian brothers and sisters in Malaysia.

“Mahar has been doing a great job, and I encourage it to carry on.”

He said Malaysians felt that the sanctity of Baitulmuqaddis should be protected as al-Quds for Palestinians, Muslims and Christians.

“We Malaysians, despite the distance, believe that al-Aqsa and Palestine ‘belong’ to us the same way they belong to the Palestinians. Therefore, it is our responsibility to protect and liberate it from occupation and desecration.”

On the Refugee Children Empowerment Programme, the deputy prime minister said it was aimed at boosting the knowledge of Palestinian and Syrian refugee children in Malaysia, especially their understanding of the basic sciences. – Bernama, February 2, 2018.