Saudi Arabia Upset Over PAS-Inspired Bersih Nuisance In Mecca
Pakatan and Bersih have worked hard to spoil Malaysia’s reputation among some of our closest allies.
The Saudi Arabian embassy had sent a diplomatic note to the Foreign Ministry following Bersih rallies in Mecca and Medina, the Dewan Rakyat was informed Wednesday.
On April 26, two groups of Malaysians had shown their support for Bersih 3.0 in Mecca and in the compound of the Nabawi Mosque in Medina by holding banners and wearing yellow Bersih t-shirts.
The Mecca rally had been organised by PAS youth chief Nasrudin Hassan and the Medina rally organised by Mokhtar Senik.
Using Islam’s holiest cities as a political venue was shocking. Even more shocking is that such an act would come from PAS.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk A Kohilan Pillay said these rallies were regrettable and had marred the country’s international image.
“What they did is against the law of Saudi Arabia. It is up to the Saudi Arabian government to act against them,” he said in reply to Datuk Juslie Ajirol (BN-Libaran) who had asked what action Malaysian embassies could take against Malaysians who distorted facts and created a wrong perception of the country.
Kohilan said the government hopes that the Bersih organisers were not so obsessed with political ideology that they wish to mar the sanctity of the holy cities.
The Saudi Arabian government, through its KL embassy, had sent a diplomatic note on May 3 to Wisma Putra, requesting the Malaysian government to forbid its citizens from taking part in or organising any protests in Saudi Arabia.
Following the Bersih incidents, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom had expressed the concern that Saudi Arabia might even bar Malaysians from performing the haj and umrah.
This incident shows that Bersih organisers have no respect for traditions and for the country’s international image. Protesting within Malaysia is one thing, but holding a protest in a friendly country, and particularly in the holy cities, is unacceptable.
The Choice hopes that Bersih and Pakatan wake up to reality and stick to protesting in our cities – peacefully, and mindful of the rights of the public to continue their lives undisturbed. Not with violence. And not in Mecca, of all places.