MV Finch: Three Malaysians On Gaza Aid Mission Arrive Home


BERNAMA – June 01, 2011 22:13 PM

MV Finch: Three Malaysians On Gaza Aid Mission Arrive Home

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) — Three of the six Malaysians who were onboard the MV Finch to send humanitarian aid to Gaza, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Wednesday evening.

The group comprising Bernama reporter Mohd Faizal Hassan, New Straits Times reporter Iskandar Alang Bendahara and a volunteer from Seranta Felda, a unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mohd Radzillah Abdullah, touched down at 2.50pm today on a Gulf Air flight from Egypt.

They were welcomed by Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) adviser Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and PGPF chairman Tan Sri Norian Mai.

The three were among 12 passengers onboard the vessel which left Malaysia on May 3 to send 7.5 kilometres of PVC pipes in an effort to restore the sewage system in Gaza.

However, on May 16, the cargo ship carrying 12 passengers and crew members had to cancel its plan to use Palestinian waters to send the aid to Gaza when Israeli soldiers fired warning shots at the ship.

Other Malaysians on the vessel were Captain Abdul Jalil Mansor and crew members Zainuddin Mohamad and Mohd Jaffery Ariffin.

MV Finch has been stranded in Egyptian waters and until yesterday had yet to receive consent from the Egyptian government to dock at El-Arish Port.



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