Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday (Dec 22) led Solidarity Palestine to protest US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the third such rally in three weeks in Malaysia.

The gathering in support of the Palestinians was expected to mark the second time Datuk Seri Najib would share the stage at a political rally with opposition politician Abdul Hadi Awang, president of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS). A large banner on the stage carried images of the two men together, with the words in Malay ‘Solidarity to save Jerusalem’.

But Datuk Seri Hadi did not turn up. His eldest son Khalil Abdul Hadi, chief of the PAS Youth wing, took his place instead.

At the emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Malaysia joined the ranks of the international community in rejecting the decision by the US to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to The Star, Malaysia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohd Shahrul Ikram Yaakob affirmed the country’s support for a peaceful two-state solution, adding Malaysia was concerned that US decision will feed into the agenda of extremists.

Kuala Lumpur saw its first protests against the US decision on Dec 8, when over 1,000 demonstrators from ruling party United Malays National Organisation (Umno) and PAS converged outside the US embassy.-ST

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