Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia did not care about the IPC decision. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) revoked the rights of hosting the World Swimming Pool Championship 2019 after Malaysia decided not to allow Israeli athletes to enter the country.
“We stick to our principles Our principle is that Israel is a criminal country, they violate international law and nobody said anything. Said Malaysian Prime Minister
“We have the right to voice and our feelings, and we have our own policies,” he said at a press conference after attending a closed-door briefing Executive Program of the Federal Statutory Bodies with the Prime Minister on Monday.
On Sunday, IPC canceled the rights to Malaysia hosting the World Swimming Pool 2019 in Kuching on July 29 to Aug 4.
The decision was made at a meeting in London after the Home Ministry of Malaysia failed to provide the assurances required by Israeli swimmers to participate in the championship, free from discrimination and survival in the championship.
Dr Mahathir said the decision of a country to disallow other citizens to enter their country was normal, as the United States did to citizens of the previous five Islamic countries.
“These are not the hardest people, they come from countries that do not comply with international law and we have to stick to our stance,” he said.
Asked if the decision would undermine Malaysia’s opportunity to host other international sports events, Dr Mahathir said, “We cannot host the Olympic Games, we can organize other sports.
“I found the world forced to follow Israel, I do not understand because the world has forced to follow Israel but we do not follow,” he said.
Asked about Malaysia once allowed Israel’s cricket team to enter the country in 1997 under his administration, Dr Mahathir said he had also allowed Israeli school students to come to Malaysia to show them that Muslims are not terrorists.
“We humans are normal, we talk to others, we are doing well and do nothing to them,” he said.