Am I pleased to know that opposition party leaders have decided to disassociate themselves with the planned mammoth Anti-Apostasy Rally (Himpun) to be held at Shah Alam tomorrow Saturday 22, October that is reportedly organized by Muslim NGO’s. Who else can be the rally hero’s other the born again UMNO member Ezam Md Noor and the incorrigible Ibrahim Ali.
Although the organizers can deny the involvement of politicians such as the two that I have mentioned, but believe you me, this rally will be nothing more than a political rally that can fuel further mistrust, divide, anger and fear among multi racial and religious Malaysians. This rally is planned to assemble a million Muslims to be packed like sardines at Stadium Shah Alam.
And interestingly, the Home Minister, police and even Jamil Khir (Religious Minister) can be so easily convinced by the smooth talking organizers’ of the numbers that is likely to attend the rally, and that all will be well and orderly – hence a permit for the rally was issued in double quick time. Do you not see the marked disparity here when Bersih, a multi racial rally demanding for free, fair and clean elections was made illegal and was forcibly dispersed with tear gas and water cannons. Bersih has nothing to do with racial and religious issues, but was merely a voice of conscience for the good of all Malaysians.
Can anyone believe a million people assembled in a stadium that could only accommodate about 50,000 people? Where are the rest to be assembled? Surely the rally will spill out of the stadium, and how sure are the authorities that these people will remain orderly, quiet and obedient to their organizers? Knowing full well the way a rally is organized by pro UMNO linked NGO’s, issues that hinges upon racial and religious sentiments are sure to flare up. And with a million people flooding the stadium and Shah Alam, how the hell can the police ensure that there will not be breaches of security.
I think gathering a million people is utter nonsense and if indeed a million people can be gathered for the rally, this will go into the Guinness Book of Record as the largest congregation of people ever to take place at one single location i.e. in a stadium. I hope Al Jazeera, CNN and BBC will be there to record the event. I know TV3and RTM will be there too. And once again, how on hell can the authorities be so convinced?
My next concern is what if other Malaysians of different faith decide to do a similar rally? Deputy Education Minister Fuad Zarkashi was reported to have said that they too can organize a rally. But I think I am no fool to believe in such a talk. Even an assembly at the Chinese Assembly Hall had caused the consternation of Malays and what more an assembly of a million Malaysians of other faith. I think Ibrahim Ali would be the first Homo sapiens to raise an objection to such rally.
I honestly think that the organizers have not seriously thought about the consequences of the rally. Neither have they ever thought of some better and effective ways of reaching out to Muslim Malaysians about their (organizers) concerns affecting the Muslim Malaysian’s religious beliefs. Why not look at how and what are the state religious departments programmes to curb apostasy among Muslims. Why not think of using the mosques, especially during Friday prayers to continuously drum in issues relating to apostasy and other associated issues to the congregation? Next look at what the mainstream media can offer, especially the electronic media. Now, does anyone realize that our electronic media today is infested with programmes that does more harm than good to the younger generation; the Malay word to describe such programmes are – ‘program-program yang menghayalkan’. Now, who is to be blamed if the Muslim youth goes astray? Please take a hard look at this.
Finally, time is ticking fast and deep in my heart, I hope nothing untoward will happen during the rally. And may the speakers be sensible enough not to raise issues that will hurt Malaysian of other faith.
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