PM on Israel sports ban: We just got rid of one 'crook', why allow another?

Yasmin Ramlan

Modified 25 Jan 2019, 8:45 am

UPDATED 3.50PM | CAMERON POLLS | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad took a stab at political rival Najib Abdul Razak when explaining Putrajaya's position in banning Israel's athletes from a world championship swimming meet to be held in Malaysia.

Lending his presence to the Pakatan Harapan by-election campaign efforts on behalf of candidate M Manogaran on the eve of polling day, Mahathir sought to appeal to Malay voters by explaining Putrajaya's stand on the matter.

He told the local residents that Malaysia had to make a stand, despite ultimately soliciting international criticism over its decision.

"(So) what is the reason we don't allow Israelites to come here? We say they are crooks (penyangak), and we just got rid of one crook," he said to residents of Felda Sungai Koyan today...

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