Hundreds of Muslims rally to demand ministers’ resignation

Protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
Protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 21 — Muslims gathered in the hundreds here today and marched to the Prime Minister’s Office to call for the resignation of two federal ministers they claim fuelled the riots in which the late Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was attacked.

Led by Muslim coalition Ummah, the group made their way to the Prime Minister’s Office after performing their Friday prayers at the Putrajaya mosque nearby.

They chanted “Allahuakbar” (God is great), “Justice for Adib”, and “Fear Allah” as they marched.

After a short address in front of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ummah Chairman Aminuddin Yahaya handed over the group’s memorandum to Abu Bakar Yahya, political secretary to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The group demanded that the government sacked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Unity) P. Waytha Moorthy, Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran and Selangor State Executive Councilor V. Ganabatirau with immediate effect.

The group also demanded that Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple task force chairman SW Ramaji apologise for his remarks that Adib was injured after he was hit by a fire engine.

Ummah deputy chairman Kamaruzaman Mohamad said they will continue to push for the government to take their demands seriously if nothing is done to address the matter.

“We will organise a much bigger rally and even lodge more police reports against those that we deem to be the perpetrators in this injustice,” he told reporters.

NGO members and protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
NGO members and protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

Prior to the march and memorandum handover, the group gathered in front of Putrajaya Mosque where three of the leaders addressed the crowd.

Among the three, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Darul Islah Malaysia president Masridzi Sat was the most fiery as he blasted Waytha Moorthy and labelled him a “Hindu terrorist”.

“They have reminded us not be racist! But who is the racist!?” Masridzi roared to the crowd.

“Waytha!” the crowd fired back.

He then warned that if no action is taken against Waytha Moorthy, Ganabatirau and Kulasegaran the Muslim coalition is prepared to rally the community against them.

“Don’t let us take the law into our own hands,” the firebrand added.

NGO members and protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
NGO members and protestors gather at Masjid Putra demanding justice for firemen Muhammad Adib Kassim in Putrajaya December 21, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

Ummah chairman Aminuddin, on the other hand, had a far calmer demeanour while demanding Waytha Moorthy’s resignation.

However, he did blame Adib’s death on government lawmakers.

“We want the prime minister to quickly sack the minister of disunity Waytha Moorthy and the Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran.

“We also want the prime minister to whisper in the ears of Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari to sack his exco V. Ganabatirau.

“Adib’s death is because of them. We are not rioting; we are demanding justice,” said Aminuddin.

NGO leaders march to the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya with the memorandum calling for P. Waytha Moorthy’s resignation, December 21, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
NGO leaders march to the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya with the memorandum calling for P. Waytha Moorthy’s resignation, December 21, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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