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PUBLISHED: Oct 4, 2014 11:51am

Don’t challenge Muslim leadership, Isma tells Gerakan


Michael Murty

The 1Malaysia slogan, Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman said, should not be used to champion the interest of one race only.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4, 2014:

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia President Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman has asked Gerakan not to challenge Muslim leadership.

The controversial Muslim non-governmental organisation, in a statement, also said the Barisan Nasional component party should not label others as extremist just because they differed in thoughts.

“That attitude does not help strengthen unity within the community.”

Abdullah Zaik said the enemies of Islam and Malays were not imaginary and would be proven in days to come.

He said although he was happy that Gerakan adopted the 1Malaysia slogan as their annual assembly theme, the slogan must be used honestly and not be taken advantage of.

The slogan, Abdullah Zaik said, should not be used to champion the interest of one race only.

“I want to see Gerakan uphold the spirit of the Federal Constitution and not question the rights and sensitivity of Muslims.”

Abdullah Zaik said this in response to Gerakan President Datuk Mah Siew Keong’s statement yesterday that Malaysians should stop inflicting fear and creating imaginary enemies if it intended to move forward as a nation.

Mah also praised his deputy Dr Asharuddin Ahmad who fought “the voice of extremism and disunity” when he criticised the short video produced by Isma displaying solidarity for their president who was being charged under the Sedition Act 1948.

The video titled Pewaris Bangsa was released on Isma’s YouTube channel yesterday, rallying support ahead of the sedition trial of its president, Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman, from Oct 13-15.

The controversial Abdullah Zaik was charged under Section 4(1) and Section 4(1)(b) of the Act for a statement on May 6 to which he labelled the Chinese as “intruders” brought by the British to oppress the Malays.



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