Crowds gather for '405' rally


KUALA LUMPUR: Crowds are already gathering ahead of the "405" rally, held supposedly to defend the "sovereignty of Islam" on Saturday (May 4).

They had been gathering outside the Masjid Jamek mosque here several hours before the rally is due to start.

Vendors selling T-shirts and drinks for rally-goers were also seen busy selling their merchandise.

Police were seen monitoring the situation and on crowd control duty.

PAS-linked volunteer corps Unit Amal were also seen.

The rally will start from 2pm to 5pm, with participants expected to march from Masjid Jamek to the Sogo shopping complex.

The rally is organised by the Gerakan Pembela Ummah and several NGOs.

The organisers say that the event is to protest against the Pakatan Harapan government for allegedly sidelining Malays and Muslims on issues pertaining to the Rome Statute, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd), the Unified Examination Certificate, the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim in the Seafield temple riots in Subang Jaya among others.

Also spotted at the event were Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Participants carried banners with slogans like “Respect the institution of the monarchy”, “Defend the sovereignty of Islam” and “TMJ continue your fight” referring to Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

Rally director Kamaruzaman Mohamad had earlier called on the participants to adhere to the regulations as it is a peaceful rally.