After yellow Bersih and pro-government red shirt rallies, PAS organises green gathering

PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to deliver a speech at the rally around midnight.
PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to deliver a speech at the rally around midnight.PHOTO: NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR - Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) will hold a rally in its stronghold of Kota Bharu, in Kelantan, on Saturday (Oct 17), aimed at galvanising its support base.

The rally, where supporters will be wearing green, comes after the yellow shirts rally by supporters of Bersih 2.0 to protest against corruption in the government and a government-backed counter-rally by the red shirts.

The Islamist party had chosen to steer clear of both rallies, having been grappling with an internal split, reported the Malaysiakini news portal. It had been an active mobiliser in previous Bersih rallies.

The gathering on Saturday (Oct 17) will be PAS' first major rally since the split in the party that led to the formation of the splinter Parti Amanah Negara. The rally takes place in the wake of Amanah recruiting some 50,000 members, 12,000 of whom were from Kelantan and the majority of whom were former PAS members.

The rally, dubbed 'Himpunan Fastaqim', will bring together PAS' support base at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium at 3pm. The rally is expected to feature speeches, Islamic performances and prayers, the news portal reported.

PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang is expected to deliver a speech at the rally around midnight, in which he is expected to lay out PAS' direction in a post-Pakatan Rakyat political scenario and may shed light on the party's future direction.