IPOH: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has ordered the police to ban the Jerusalem Jubilee gathering scheduled to be held in Melaka from June 15 to 18.
Zahid, who is also the home minister, pointed out that the rally will only hurt the Muslims if it was allowed to be held.
“When the sentiments of Muslims are affected and their feelings offended … I as home minister order the police to ban the meeting.
“This is a message that is loud and clear.
“Whoever is organising the Jerusalem Jubilee, your permit has been cancelled under my official directive,” he said in his speech at the Perak state level “Instilling of Moral Values during the Month of Ramadan’ programme, here, today.
The deputy prime minister warned all parties to respect other religions and maintain mutual religious tolerance in a country comprising people of various races.
“I’m colour blind when carrying out duties to protect the religious sensitivities of others. There are things that can be forgiven and what cannot be forgiven is anything affecting Islam,” said Zahid.
Earlier, the organisers of Jerusalem’s Jubilee, on the advice of the police, called off their intention to hold the gathering.
Melaka police chief Abd Jalil Hassan said the organisers arrived at the decision following a discussion with the police.
The Calvary Life Assembly (Chinese) had proposed to hold the gathering, reportedly to celebrate the Jewish recapture of Jerusalem in 1967, in Cheng.
Jalil said the police had called the organisers for a discussion and they decided after that to call off the gathering.
“The police gave their advice to the organisers and they decided to cancel the programme,” he said.
Jalil said the police had received 32 reports from around the state against the gathering.
Earlier today, Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron advised the organisers to call off the gathering and said the state government had not given approval for it.