Racists not welcome on Sept 16, says rally organiser

KUALA LUMPUR - Those who are "racially angry" are not welcome in the Sept 16 rally, said its organisers, the National Silat Federation (Pesaka).

Its president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam (pic) said the 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' (People's unity gathering) rally is aimed only at protecting the sanctity of the Federal Constitution and the National Principles (Rukun Negara).

"Those are out to create trouble or promote racism, are not welcome," the former Malacca chief minister told the press at Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium, here Saturday.

He also said that the rally was open to all Malaysians, regardless of their racial backgrounds.

Mohd Ali added they are not selling any t-shirts to promote the rally and they would be wearing black, as the colour represents the silat movement.

He said those who would like to join could wear any colour they wish to wear.

Mohd Ali then clarified that the red-shirt rally organised by Sg Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunus was not related to Pesaka.

He said Pesaka, which is the main organiser, had invited many non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including the ones represented by Jamal.

Jamal, who referred to the rally as 'Kebangkitan Maruah Melayu' (Malay Pride Uprising), had planned to gather at Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street.

But Mohd Ali said Pesaka would only gather at Padang Merbok if permission was granted by the authorities.

"The NGOs can gather wherever they want, as long as they converge with us at Padang Merbok," he said.

He said Pesaka had applied for a permit from Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Sept 8, and still awaiting response.

"I hope they could approve our permit because what we want to do is to gather peacefully, that's all," he said