THE rise of liberalism, Christianity and efforts to destroy race relations are among the topics to be raised at the Malay unity convention on August 25, said its organisers.
Chairman of Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah) Aminuddin Yahaya said these issues are more important for the future of Malay unity than the ongoing controversy over khat lessons in primary schools.
Aminuddin, however, said the convention to be held in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur is not to cause racial tension in the country, nor to provoke other races.
“The issues raised by groups like Dong Zong on the teaching of khat lessons are small compared to the other fundamental issues.
“We need to address issues of liberalism, Christianity as well as attempts to amend laws. These are the threats now,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
He said the proposed amendments to certain laws as announced by Pakatan Harapan earlier this year would have an impact on the rights and privileges of Malays and Islam.
Among the laws that the government wants to amend include the Sedition Act and Communications and Multimedia Act, to remove penalising people for expressing their views.
Malay groups have warned previously that such freedom would allow people to comment on the Malays, Islam and royalty.
Aminuddin said the convention also wants to unite Muslims.
“The theme is unity as we feel there are threats against the Malay race and religion, and we are divided,” he said.
Others are taking advantage of the rift among the Malays today to fight for their rights and issues, he said.
“We are powerless to defend our race and religion because we are divided. When we unite, we will become stronger.”
The gathering will also see the participation of Malay leaders and intellects, including leaders of political parties.
This is the second time Ummah is organising such an event, the first being in January 2018.