PAS Youth declares support for Himpun before central leadership meet

(The Malaysian Insider) – PAS Youth has gone ahead of its central leadership to declare its support for Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun), a gathering of a million Muslims across the political divide to rally against proselytisation by Christians here.

PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan said his members would offer the same support to Himpun, or the “Gathering of a Million Faithful”, as it had for the Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections on July 9.

“PAS Youth takes the same stand as it did when it supported the coalition of over 60 NGOs in Bersih 2.0 that was fighting for a democratic system and a clean election system. PAS Youth had joined that gathering, standing together with the thousands that July 9.

“Insyaallah, my friends in PAS Youth and I will adopt the same attitude to Himpun this October 22,” he said in a statement today.

“May the gathering succeed in achieving its goals and objectives, outlined with the blessing and mercy of Allah,” he added.

Nasrudin also thanked all the Muslim NGOs behind the planned gathering and pledged PAS Youth’s continued support in their efforts to uphold Islam in the country.

According to Nasrudin, Himpun involves over 1,000 Muslim NGOs and the gathering will be the first of its kind in the country.

The event, he said, could see the coming together of Muslims in Malaysia.

PAS Youth’s open support for Himpun comes ahead of the party’s central leadership, which, according to Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman, would only meet tonight to decide if it would attend the gathering at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Yesterday, the party’s Selangor chapter said it would only support Himpun if its ideals and objectives were clear and sincere and were not aimed at worsening religious tension in the country.