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Saifuddin Nasution To Israel – “Jangan Perasan”

Saifuddin Nasution To Israel – “Jangan Perasan”

Saifuddin Nasution reminded a Twitter account that Malaysia very clearly condemned Israel’s actions in front of everyone at the UNGA.

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail found himself in the spotlight thanks to the dredging up of an old tweet by Danny Danon, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN).

In September last year, during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Danon posted a photo of delegates at the assembly.

Seen in the photo is Saifuddin who was part of the Malaysian delegation.

Danon’s caption was written in Hebrew which is possibly why it went unnoticed by Malaysians for the most part at the time it was posted on 22 September 2023.

A Google translation of Danon’s caption read: “After the visa exemption for the USA, the next destination – maybe Malaysia? It warms the heart to see the representatives of Malaysia present at the speech of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel.”

Anyone with half a brain would know that it would be a cold day in hell before Malaysia even considers granting visa exemption for Israelis as our own passports have the words “This passport is valid for all countries except Israel” printed on the very first page.

However, several Twitter accounts started reposting Danon’s tweet with one @kopitiammalaya going so far as posing the question: Israel set to make Malaysia a visa-free destination?

The posting prompted Saifuddin to reply on Twitter, saying he was of the opinion that Danon’s tweet was dug up as an attempt to create an evil and slanderous narrative against him and the Malaysian government.

Saifuddin explained that at the time Danon’s photo was taken, he was attending the assembly to hear Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s speech.

Israel, jangan perasan,” Saifuddin continued in his post, shifting his focus from Kopitiam Malaya to Danon.

He added that during Anwar’s speech at UNGA, Malaysia very clearly condemned Israel’s actions in front of all present.

The fact that Anwar’s turn was right after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UNGA last year was heavily reported at the time.

Dr Zaliha Mustafa who was health minister at the time and was part of the Malaysian delegation to the UNGA said many left the hall when Netanyahu spoke.

In a TikTok video, Dr Zaliha said when Anwar’s turn came, the delegates began to return to the hall.

Meanwhile, Twitter users slammed Kopitiam Malaya for choosing to highlight an Israeli’s narrative.

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