Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led thousands of Malaysians in a rally Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, slamming the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Najib told the crowd that Malaysia will do all it can to "save Jerusalem" and that he will not be cowed by the US nor by his close ties with President Donald Trump.
In September, Najib met Trump at the White House, and last month, posted a photograph of himself with Trump on Twitter on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Manila.
On Thursday, Malaysia joined more than 120 countries voting in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ignoring a threat by Trump to cut off financial aid to countries voting against his move.
"Yes, I have visited the White House and yes, Trump is a good acquaintance but I will not pawn the sanctity of Islam," Najib said to loud cheers at the protest outside a mosque in the government capital of Putrajaya after Friday prayers.
"We are firm in our stand. We support the formation of a Palestine that is free and sovereign. We demand a Palestine with dignity and pride. We want East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine," he said.
Earlier this month, Trump reversed decades of US policy by announcing the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he would move US embassy there.
Najib vowed to hold weekly protests in support of Palestinians.