KUALA LUMPUR: The government of Malaysia has decided to block and disallow any ship from the shipping company ZIM based in Israel to anchor in any port in Malaysia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the Ministry of Transport will take immediate action by permanently prohibiting the company effective four weeks from now.
Anwar said, this prohibition is a response on Israel’s actions that have set aside the basic humanity and breached the international laws through attacks and continuous brutalities on the Palestinian people.
“For the record, the Cabinet in 2002 started to allow the ships that belonged to the company to anchor in Malaysia. In 2005, the Cabinet had given permission to the ships to land in Malaysia.
“However, today the government has cancelled all the Cabinet decisions and at the same time decided not to accept any ship using Israel’s flag to anchor in this country,” Anwar said in a statement here today.
The Tambun Member of Parliament also stressed that Malaysia will prohibit any ship on its journey to Israel from loading cargoes in Malaysian harbours.
He said, both prohibitions will be of immediate effect. Malaysia is confident that such decisions will not affect the trade activities of the nation. –Malaysia World News