KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, were overwhelmed by the support shown for the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu or People’s United Rally here today, Umno leader Tan Sri Annuar Musa has said.
Speaking towards the end of the rally at Padang Merbok, the Umno Supreme Council member claimed that no less than 250,000 people converged on the city to participate in the event, ostensibly to show support for the country’s current leadership.
“I just got a call from PM who sent his regards to those who attended. PM is in Sabah, celebrating Malaysia Day, and also the DPM who said they were shocked and touched with a gathering as big and as peaceful as this,” Annuar said.
“This rally is not only the voices of the 250,000 here. Let this be a reminder to all citizens, this country has a leader... anyone who threatens that, we will rise and fight to the end,” he added.
Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) chairman, also read out a 14-point resolution which the rally organisers claim has been agreed to by political parties and NGOs aligned to their cause.
This includes defending parliamentary democracy, instilling respect, love and unity among Malaysians, uniting the people to defend the country’s stability, rejecting DAP’s alleged chauvinist racism, rejecting foreign interference in the country’s affairs, rejecting Bersih 4 and similar rallies, and rejecting any speech that insults Islam.
The resolution also called on the public to support the government in managing the current economic slump, unite to uphold the position of the Malays and Bumiputeras and other races, to defend the duly elected government, uphold the Rukun Negara, reject political lies levied at the government, reject attempts to “bully” a democratically elected government, and call for the return of the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“History has proven that we are willing to work with others on one condition, that our position as Malays is not questioned, and that our rights are not disturbed,” Annuar said.
“It doesn’t end at Padang Merbok, but it is just the beginning of the rise of our race,” he added.