Himpun calls for specific anti-apostasy laws
Organisers of Himpun (Himpunan Sejuta Umat) have called for specific anti-apostasy laws to deal with cases of proselytisation of Muslims.
“We feel that the existing laws are not enough to curb apostasy.
“There have been proven cases of proselytisation, but we find it strange that no action has been taken,” Himpun chairman Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid told reporters after a rally at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
He said Himpun has initiated a 10-point declaration meant to address the issue and hoped to submit the document to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by next week.
On the turnout of about 5,000 at the rally, Mohd Azmi said the gathering was a “landmark for the unity of Islam”.
Some 5,000 attend Himpun rally at Shah Alam Stadium
Himpun (Himpunan Sejuta Umat Islam) got underway at the Shah Alam Stadium with speeches and the singing of religious songs Saturday.
Among the VIPs at the gathering were Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali.
The people had arrived since noon under an overcast sky. Most media organisations reported the number of people present at 5,000. The stadium can seat 88,000.
Participants at the rally were also seen with brochures titled Siapa bertanggung jawab kristiankan Melayu diSelangor (Who is responsible for Christianing the Malays in Selangor).
An announcement over the PA system alerted the participants that some people were distributing the brochures “that could cause problems”.
“Whoever finds these people, please apprehend them and hand them to the police,” said the announcement.
The brochure, with a cross on its cover, claims Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) senior pastor Daniel Ho as the mastermind’ behind the alleged Christianing.
There are photos showing a baptism in progress as “proof.”
The gathering ended at about 6pm after speeches by Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria and Dr Hasan.
Dr Hasan, the last speaker, was given the honour to close the event with prayers.
An announcement was later made that Dr Hasan attended the gathering as a Muslim and not as a politician or state exco member.