The youth wing of the Muslim-based political party, Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party or PAS, Wednesday challenged ruling coalition-party's (United Malays National Organization or Umno) deputy youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin who is also prime minister Abdullah Badawi's beloved son-in-law to reveal the names of individuals and companies with interests in his company, ECM Libra Avenue, that "have ties or support the Israeli regime".
Khairy had last Saturday said that Umno Youth would release the names of companies operating in Malaysia that were known to be financially supporting the Israeli regime.
"We hope the people will not be fooled by Khairy who tried to be a jaguh kampung (village champion) when he led last week's protests," said PAs youth chief Salahuddin Ayub at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. Last week, Khairy had forced his way past security forces at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to submit a protest memorandum to Condoleezza Rice, decrying Washington's support for Israel and its war in Lebanon.
"Khairy cannot go on pretending when - under his nose - hands have joined with businesses that have interests in Israel," Salahuddin claimed.
He claimed that ECM Libra's business interests in Parkway Holdings of Singapore which, in turn, counts among its substantial shareholders Richard C Blum, a Jewish financier.
Blum's wife Dianne Feinsteinis is said to be well-known lobbyist in Washington for the Israeli regime.
Indirectly, ECM Libra Avenue is therefore also involved in supporting the Israeli regime.