KLANG: A rally by several Malay NGOs on Tuesday (Dec 25) evening is demanding the resignation of National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy and Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran within 40 days.
The call for the resignations is in connection with the riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple last month.
The 4pm rally, which started at Royal City Klang Mosque before marching to Dataran Seni Klang, was organised by Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Geras).
Geras president Abu Bakar Mohamed claimed the ministers failed to ease racial tensions following the temple fracas, and which ultimately led to fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.
“We demand that Waytha Moorthy either resigns or be sacked by the prime minister,” he said in his speech at Dataran Seni, about 350 metres from the mosque.
Abu Bakar also claimed to he would organise another rally should action not taken within 40 days on the two ministers.
Several NGOs including Gerakan Srikandi Malaysia (GSIM), Angkatan Laksamana Bukit Jati Klang (ALBJ), Badan Amal Tarbiyah Sejagat (Batas), Pertubuhan Ikatan Muafakat Serumpun Malaysia (Serumpun), Kebajikan Sejagat Malaysia (Sejagat) and Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) also joined the gathering and had its leaders address the crowd.
JMM president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah Ariffin Abu Bakar, in his speech, used provocative language and repeatedly used a derogatory word against Waytha Moorthy.
He also urged the crowd to attack a police station if no action is taken on the murder of Muhammad Adib.
During the press conference after the gathering, Abu Bakar was quick to distance himself from Azwanddin’s words.
“We regret and are sad about some of the things said by certain speakers during the rally.
“We have already informed them on the guidelines on things to say and not say but when they are up there, it is difficult to control them,” he said.
Abu Bakar said the organisation which represented over 100 NGOs would be sending a memorandum to the Yang Dipertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V to intervene in the dismissal of Waytha Moorthy if the government failed to do so within 40 days from Tuesday.
He said they would also be sending a memorandum to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to remove Standing Committee on Empowerment and Socio-Economic Development and Concerned Government chairman V. Ganabatirau from his position, following his statement on Facebook which was said to have stoked racial sentiments, reports Bernama.
The gathering was heavily monitored by police but there were no untoward incidents.
The rally ended peacefully around 6.30pm.
Muhammad Adib, 24, suffered serious injuries after being assaulted while taking part in a fire-fighting operation during a temple riot on Nov 27. He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.
So far, 24 people have been charged in connection with the riot at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya.