Zahid calls for tighter port monitoring to keep Israeli vessels at bay

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a senior member of the Transport Ministry in Johor Bahru, said that all national ports should be monitored to stop Israeli vessels docking.

The Deputy Premier reiterated that the government would not compromise on its position of having no diplomatic or commercial ties with Israel.

He said this in a press release after launching Halal on track at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre on Tuesday (4 June).

He was asked for updates on the alleged appearance of a container with the logo of Israel’s shipping company Zim in a port at Iskandar Puteri.

Ahmad Zahid, speaking at a Bagan Datuk programme on Sunday (1 June), said that the investigation of the incident should be expedited.

According to reports, Datuk Panak Ahmad of Kota Iskandar said that he had received a report saying that the port had allowed a ship containing containers from Israel dock at its location.

In December of last year, Prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim declared that the government will no longer accept ships with the Israeli flag entering the country. This ban also applies to any ship on its way to Israel and any vessel loading cargo in Malaysian ports.

Ahmad Zahid also said that the halal certification application period could be further reduced to 15 days, from the 23-day current time frame.

“I challenge Jakim now to complete the approval in 15 working day from the date of the application.

He added that the shorter period of approval could put Jakim under pressure. He believes they will be able meet the challenge.

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