Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has defended Malaysia’s ban on Israeli athletes from taking part in international events, comparing the move to President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the United States’ border with Mexico.
“Every country has the right to accept or refuse entry of anybody,” the Malaysian premier said during a press conference in Vienna on Tuesday, adding “You can see that in America now they are erecting a very high wall to prevent Mexicans from going to America.”
“We have the same idea, that people who are undesirable for our country will be kept out of our country,” Mahathir added.
“If their people want to compete in sport, they can go to some other country.”
Malaysia recently said it would not allow Israeli athletes to enter the country to compete at any sporting event there after it banned Israeli swimmers from taking part in the World Para Swimming Championships, slated for July in the eastern state…