PETALING JAYA: Melaka PAS has warned the organisers of a church assembly planned to promote “Zionist Christianity” and “Jewish culture” that the party will call a mass protest unless the event is cancelled.
State commissioner Kamaruddin Sidek said the event clearly conflicted with the Federal Constitution and could undermine national harmony.
“Why have they chosen Melaka? Our population comprises 64% Muslims with less than 4% Christians, and the event is to be held during Ramadan. They (the organisers) also know our relationship with Israel is sensitive, but they attempt to create disharmony,” he said.
Earlier, Kamaruddin led PAS members to lodge a report at the Melaka Tengah police station, Banda Kaba. He also urged the government to take firm action to stop the event scheduled for June 15 to 18.
“We have checked with the state government which said no approval had been given for the event,” he said.
“If the event goes ahead, we will not hesitate to call a mass protest on the issue of religion, not politics. We will hold the demonstration in front of the church to get the event cancelled.”
According to a poster of the planned assembly which PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan included in a Facebook post today, the theme of the event was “Nations of the Golden Gate Aligning with Jerusalem’s Jubilee” and would be held at the Calvary Life Assembly (Chinese).
The Golden Gate refers to the eastern entrance of Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, where the Al Aqsa Mosque is located, a religious site holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, while Zionist Christians consist of a group of Christians who believe the return of the Jews to the holy land in Jerusalem fulfils a biblical prophecy and heralds the “Second Coming” of Jesus to save mankind.
They based this belief on the Old Testament which is the source of Jewish teachings.
The event in Malacca is organised with the cooperation of a Petaling Jaya-based group called “Elim Freedom”, which also reveres the role of Jerusalem. Another organiser is the Jerusalem House of Prayer For All Nations (JHOPFAN), an organisation based in Israel founded by American pastor Tom Hess.
Nasrudin, in his Facebook post, also called on the government to ban the planned assembly which he described as a provocation that challenges the sensitivities of Muslims in Malaysia.
“We can never forget the sufferings of Muslims caused by the atrocities of Israel. Now, they seek to create an extreme provocation to Muslims by organising Jerusalem’s Jubilee on Malaysian soil.
Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron has confirmed that there was no application to hold the assembly from the organisers.
He rejected any attempt to make the state the location for the event which could disrupt the harmony and stability of the country, he said, according to a report by Berita Harian Online.
Meanwhile, a search by FMT found the website on the event was no longer accessible.