PUTRAJAYA: Leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties will join Malaysians at the Putra Mosque on Friday in a show of unity rejecting the United States’ move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said their presence at the mass gathering of an estimated 10,000 people was to show that the issue is above politics and religion but about ensuring peace.
“I chaired the Cabinet meeting last week and asked for the views of ministers who are presidents or representatives of component parties. They stated their views about the issue and said that they would attend the gathering.
“I hope other political organisations will join us in rejecting the US unilateral decision on Jerusalem.
“That is why we should come together to voice our common stand on this issue,” he told reporters after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly assembly.
The event will kick off with a forum to be held at the mosque, followed by Friday prayers and a special sermon on the issue of Jerusalem. A special prayer (solat hajat) will be held.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will be at the mass gathering outside the mosque.
At the Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Malaysia called on the Muslim group to unite.
Last week, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said his party supported the Government’s stand on Jerusalem as the issue was not just about religion but was disruptive to world peace.
On Dec 6, US President Donald Trump announced that the US embassy would be relocating from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.