PETALING JAYA: There is no promotion of Zionism nor celebration of any Jewish agenda in the Jerusalem Jubilee event scheduled to be held in Melaka from June 15 to 18, say the organisers.
Denying all such allegations, the All Malaysian-Golden Gate Revival Convocation (AMGGRC) said the event was simply about a group of Christians coming together for a prayer gathering.
“AMGGRC has no intention to provoke and challenge the sensitivities of Malays and Muslims in Malaysia.
“It definitely does not carry any political connotations, implications or whatsoever meaning related to it now or in the future. It is deeply regretted that what was started with a good intention to pray for the peace and prosperity of Malaysia has caused much confusion and misunderstanding among certain groups,” a spokesman for the group told The Malaysian Insight.
The organisers also announced that they would heed police advice and cancel the event. Later yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that he had ordered the Jerusalem Jubilee event be banned.
Yesterday, Melaka PAS had warned the organisers of what it claimed was an event 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.
A PAS Youth leader had also alleged that the event was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, in which Israel defeated its Arab neighbours — Jordan, Egypt and Syria — and annexed East Jerusalem and most of the West Bank.