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KL protesters abandon anti-'Christian' DAP march to Parliament after cops block path

KUALA LUMPUR — After being stopped twice by police, some 100 protesters decided to abandon their march to Parliament on Tuesday (July 17) to protest what they claim are efforts by Democratic Action Party (DAP) to make Christianity an official religion in the Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Umno leader Lokman Noor Adam briefing the crowd as they prepare to march to Parliament to protest what they claim are efforts by DAP to make Christianity an official religion in Malaysia.

Umno leader Lokman Noor Adam briefing the crowd as they prepare to march to Parliament to protest what they claim are efforts by DAP to make Christianity an official religion in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR — After being stopped twice by police, some 100 protesters decided to abandon their march to Parliament on Tuesday (July 17) to protest what they claim are efforts by Democratic Action Party (DAP) to make Christianity an official religion in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Led by United Malays National Organisation (Umno) supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam, the group had sought to demonstrate their support for Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V who is delivering his royal address in Parliament.

The group, which called itself Pemantau Malaysia Baru (PMB), allege that the King has lost his voice in defending Malays and Islam.

Dressed predominantly in black attire, members of the group had gathered at the federal police headquarters parking lot, which is located near the Parliament building, from as early as 7am.

The group, complete with placards, listen to a briefing being given by Mr Lokman as they await for more supporters. Photo: Malay Mail

Police stepped in to stop the demonstrators at 8.30am when they started to move out form the carpark, after motivational speeches from Umno Youth executive council member Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz and artiste Elly Suriaty Omar.

It is understood that police had stopped the group from marching citing reasons of safety and possible traffic obstructions with the morning rush hour traffic flow in the surrounding access roads.

Mr Lokman was then seen negotiating with some police officers, where a resolution between the police and protesters was thought to have been met.

However, the Light Strike Force, a police unit normally deployed for crowd control, were seen standing on guard and in formation where the crowd had convenened the entire length of the gathering.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, MrLokman said the group would stand down and stop their attempted march to Parliament.

“We tried twice, but both times the police stopped us. I asked them to cite which law they were exercising, but they failed to clarify,” he said.

“They are just doing their job, but I believe they were under direct instructions from the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“We do not know why, but it could be because he is afraid of us showing our allegiance to the King,” Mr Lokman alleged.

Last week, Mr Lokman had claimed the protesters would march with their mouths covered by tape and hands bound, a symbol to imply the lost of power suffered by the King, had the protest gone through.

This follows outcry by pro-Muslim groups and political parties over the appointments of several non-Muslim individuals into ranking positions of government institutions and the Cabinet. MALAY MAIL

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