If they support the anti-apostasy rally, they will lose the non-Malay support and if they don't support, they will be branded anti-Islam.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat is now caught between a rock and a hard place. Whether they support or don’t support Saturday’s Himpunan Sejuta Umat rally (Himpun, anti-apostasy rally), they have got the short end of the stick.
If they support the rally they will ostracise the non-Malays and if they don’t, they will be seen as anti-Islam.
The gathering, to be in Shah Alam, is a protest against what has been described as “challenging ” the sovereignty of Islam and this could unsettle the fragile understanding between Muslims and Christians.
PAS opts out of Himpun to keep it apolitical
By Clara Chooi
October 19, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — PAS will skip Saturday’s gathering to protest against Christians “challenging the sovereignty” of Islam, a move that placates its non-Muslim partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but ruffles its own party conservatives.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang however claimed the decision, made by the party’s political bureau during a meeting last night, was to avoid turning the protest political.
“PAS was informed that the event does not involve any political party so PAS has decided not to participate, out of respect for the organisers’ wishes,” Hadi (picture) said in a statement issued here.