MELAKA – The Melaka government today advised the organiser of Jerusalem’s Jubilee to call off their decision to hold the gathering in the state from June 15 to 18.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Haron also dismissed a claim going viral on social media that the state government had approved the gathering.
He said the state government had never received any application for approval to hold such a gathering in the state.
“The state government has said ‘no’ and I myself do not want the gathering to be held in Melaka. I have heard that NGOs and associations have lodged police reports protesting against the holding of the gathering in Melaka.
“We hope the police will raise the matter with the Home Ministry and look into further action,” he said to reporters on the sidelines of the State Legislative Assembly meeting at Kompleks Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh here.
Meanwhile, Melaka State Mufti Datuk Abdul Halim Tawil said the state government had never given approval to Calvary Life Assembly (Chinese) to hold the gathering.
“I urge all Muslims to protest against the proposed gathering, more so when it is to be held during the Ramadan month, because there is an agenda to establish a network between Christians and Jews.
“They have selected Melaka as the venue of the gathering because Melaka is regarded as the oldest state in Malaysia,” he said.
Abdul Halim said it was not wrong to hold religious routines in the respective houses of worship, but this proposed gathering was an agenda to celebrate the Jewish recapture of Jerusalem in 1967.
He said the proposed gathering clearly did not take heed of the sensitivities of the Muslim community and did not respect the Federal Constitution which stated that Islam was the official religion of the country.
He urged Muslims not to be fooled into participating in the programme, and to be wary of the agenda to divide the community. – BERNAMA