Kota Kinabalu: Protests were held here and in several towns over the recent Israeli attack on ships bringing aid to Gaza residents that left more than 10 people dead and scores injured.
Members of Sabah Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) Youth movement held theirs at the compound of a mosque in Bandaran Berjaya after Friday prayers.
They called on the Federal Government to condemn the violent regime of Israel and for the United Nations to hold an emergency meeting to approve a resolution taking grave action against Israel, including dragging their leaders to court.
Muslims were also urged to perform “Hajat” prayers for a smooth journey for the aid flotilla and to give strength and patience to the volunteers.
In TAWAU, some 100 people, including 31 women, held a demonstration after Friday prayers at the compound of Masjid Al-Kauthar.
They dispersed 15 minutes later after the organiser gave his speech.
No police permit was issued for the gathering but the Officer-in charge of Tawau Police Station, Chief Insp. Jafri Othman, said his men from various units have been at the mosque compound to monitor.
In BEAUFORT, Umno division chief Datuk Lajim Ukin, who is also Local Government Deputy Minister, led a special (hajat) prayer and peaceful gathering to condemn the Israeli regime.
It was organised by Beaufort Umno Youth Movement and held at Jamek Mosque in Kg Kebatu. Also present were Beaufort Umno Deputy Chief Isnin Aliasnih, its secretary Jusih Sarin, and Youth Movement Chief Mohd Ishak Ibrahim together with 500 Muslims.
Lajim said everyone regardless of race and religion and who loves peace should pray for the Palestinians.
He expressed regret that some countries failed to condemn the act “including America that only ‘expressed their disappointment’ towards the attack while United Kingdom, Canda, and Australia kept quiet.”
Lajim praised the Government under PM Datuk Najib Abdul Razak who took immediate action to ensure the safety of the 12 Malaysians in the incident