KUALA LUMPUR: The “Himpunan Sejuta Umat” gathering planned for Saturday is something that can be accepted as long as the organisers and participants are willing to take the moderate path and adhere to the “Rukun Negara” principles and the 1Malaysia vision, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said.
“In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, different groups have different concerns,” he said. “But as long as they voice it in a positive and moderate manner, then it is part of the right of expression.”
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said he hoped however that the gathering at the Shah Alam Stadium would not lead to a “dangerous situation” and create two opposing groups.
Koh who is Gerakan president said he was confident that the gathering, if done based on the principles of moderation and in adherence to the Rukun Negara (National Principles), it would achieve its objective without causing any complication.
He was speaking to reporters after presenting the prizes for the national-level patriotic choir competition involving secondary school Rukun Negara Clubs, here.
He added that any group wanting to voice out their opinion should take into consideration the reality of Malaysia’s multi-racial and multi-religious society with the hope that the gathering would not cause any racial tension but would instead contribute to mutual understanding.
“Himpunan Sejuta Umat” is a gathering of Muslim groups.