Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and PAS will not participate in the ‘Himpunan Sejuta Umat’ or Gathering of One Million Muslims (Himpun) to protest alleged proselytize by Christians media reports indicated.
The gathering to be held at Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor this Saturday is jointly organized by Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) educational institutions, corporate bodies, sports and recreational clubs, martial arts associations, uniformed units, youth clubs, members of mosque and surau committees, teachers and several other bodies.
PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told Bernama, the decision not to participate in the gathering was made after a meeting yesterday and all members of the opposition unanimously felt that it would not bring a positive outcome for the party.
“PKR fears that its participation in Himpun may be manipulated by certain groups particularly from several mainstream political parties,” he said at a media conference at the Parliament lobby, here Wednesday.
Anwar, who is also the Opposition Leader, said PAS would also follow the PKR move by not participating in the gathering.
PKR did not want to create uneasiness and doubt between Muslims and followers of the other faiths in attending the gathering which was expected to be attended by one million Muslims at the stadium, he said.
MCA president when asked by FreeMalaysiaToday (FMT) website if the rally should go on, Chua said: “Whether it should go on or not, I think the police would know what to do. But personally I feel that there should not be any public rally.”
“I would say that we should reduce any form of racial tension, any form of religious activity that would contribute to suspicion among all races in the country and we should not take for granted the religious and racial harmony,” he was quoted as saying by FMT.
“It is a very fragile harmony which can easily be destroyed by irresponsible people,” he told reporters at the signing ceremony for the 3rd World Chinese Economic Forum here.
Chua said the “number one” priority should be for all Malaysians to “accept the fact that this is a multi-racial and multi-religous society.”
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said permit for the gathering was approved a week ago.
“So far, the organisers have met the conditions required, such as gathering in a stadium and not inconveniencing the public,” he told The Malay Mail.
“A stadium is much more suitable for public gatherings like this rather than on the streets or other public places, which will cause difficulty and nuisance to other people.”