The “Save Malaysia” rally primarily engineered by opposition political parties together with several NGOs is said to take place at or around the Kampung Baru mosque in the Malay heartland of Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
It is being convened to coincide with the zohor (midday) prayers.
There appears to be a wilful attempt to capitalise on – if not exploit – racial and religious sentiments.
Why hold a rally originating at a place that is historically and significantly deemed a Malay heartland?
Why kickstart the political rally in the vicinity of a mosque?
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And, of course, why set the timing of the rally to coincide with zohor midday prayers?
These three elements could make the rally highly toxic, a potentially explosive brew for generating disharmony and disrupting peace, unity and security.
While democracy as an ideology allows people the right to assemble peacefully to voice their concerns, any attempt to provoke racial and religious sensitivities must not only be condemned but stopped decisively by the authorities.
Let’s hope that quick and decisive action by the authorities will send an effective message to everyone that the freedom to assemble and protest peacefully should never come with a dangerously twisted, dubious or diabolical agenda.