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Royal condemnation of street rallies

 | July 8, 2011

The Sultan of Selangor condemns street rallies, saying it will affect the lives of people and can lead to chaos.

PETALING JAYA: With less than 24 hours to go before the controversial Bersih 2.0 rally, Sultan of Selangor Sharafuddin Idris Shah has strongly condemned street demonstrations.

According to Umno online, the sultan warned that it could lead to chaos.

“Street demonstrations can spread and go out of control. It will burden the people – shops and business premises will be closed in fear of protesters.

“People can’t conduct their daily lives. Schools and education institutions will be forced to close and the whole state will be in chaos,” he was quoted as saying.

The sultan also issued a stern warning against those who wanted to spark off enemity between the races in the state, adding that he would not hesitate to act against such groups.

As the head of state, the sultan stressed, he would not allow the existence of elements which would ruin the race and religion.

“I call on the Malays in Selangor to be united and not to fight among themselves over political ideologies. We Malays are united with one religion, which is Islam,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

The sultan was speaking after officiating the As-Salam mosque in Hulu Selangor. Also present was Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

According to Umno online, the sultan also barred mosques and surau in Selangor to be used as a gathering and transit point for those intending to attend illegal gatherings.


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