The anti-apostasy rally will stoke religious and racial tensions, warns a coalition of more than 20 NGOs.
KUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of Indian-based NGO has urged the organisers of an anti-apostasy rally scheduled for Saturday to cancel the event to avoid religious tension.
Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN), which represents more than 20 NGOs, said that the “Himpunan Sejuta Umat” may create an “uncomfortabe situation” among the various races and would not bode well for racial harmony.
Its secretary-general S Barathidasan said the rally would also deal a blow to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia campaign.
“The rally is being exploited by certain parties to create a state of tension. We still do not understand what is the main purpose of the event,” he added.
On Tuesday, the National Statistics Department confirmed that for the last decade not even a single Malay had been converted to other religions.
Commenting on this, Barathidasan said: “So what is the point in having such a massive assembly?”
He also slammed the police and government for practicing double standard with regard to the issuance of permits.
The police had issued a permit for the organisers to hold the rally at the Selangor stadium in Shah Alam.