PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed scepticism over the rationale for the “405” rally that took place in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.
While he welcomed a gathering of Muslims to uphold the sovereignty of Islam and the Federal Constitution, Dr Mahathir said he questioned if the rally was actually meant to gain political leverage for PAS and Umno.
He said this was because Opposition leaders such as Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man led and gave speeches during the rally.
“If it is to uphold the sovereignty of Islam, then it shouldn’t have been restricted to certain political parties.
“The collaboration of these two parties does not reflect Muslim solidarity – it divides and segregates Muslims in Malaysia," he said in his blog (http://chedet.cc/?p=2948) on Thursday (May 9).
Dr Mahathir claimed that all the accusations thrown at the government were not to uphold Islam but were instead entirely political.
He said although many had accused the government of not upholding Islam, countless groups visiting from other Islamic countries had praised Malaysia as an exemplary Islamic country.
He also took a potshot at PAS for only focusing on small “politically-linked matters” while ignoring the major prohibitions in Islam such as stealing.
“PAS has long labelled Umno members as kafir (infidels) for working with infidels, an accusation which has yet to be retracted.
“So how can PAS and Umno claim that their rally represents the solidarity of Muslims in upholding Islam?” he said.
On May 4, the rally organised by Gerakan Pembela Ummah and several other NGOs took place from about 2pm to 3.30pm.
Organisers said the event was to protest against the 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 and the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during the Seafield temple riots in Subang Jaya late last year, among others.
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