Umno and PAS to hold protest on Friday against US move on Jerusalem

Rival Malaysian political parties Umno and PAS said they would be protesting together outside the US embassy in KL over the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Rival Malaysian political parties Umno and PAS said they would be protesting together outside the US embassy in KL over the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - Rival Malaysian Malay-Muslim political parties Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) will protest together outside the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (Dec 8) against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, officials said.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang called on all his party members and other Muslims to protest against the declaration outside the KL embassy and in the other Malaysian states.

"PAS calls on all Muslims of whatever tribe, denomination or political leaning to unite to oppose Trump's declaration," Datuk Seri Hadi said in a statement on Thursday.

At the ongoing Umno general assembly, its acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party will also send its members to the US embassy in downtown KL.

"We will send those who are not directly involved with the general assembly," he told reporters, as quoted by The Malay Mail Online news.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is Umno president, had earlier criticised the US decision on Jerusalem.

"I call on all Muslims across the world to let your voices be heard, make it clear that we strongly oppose any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital for all time," he said in his speech at the Umno general assembly on Thursday.

Umno leads a coalition that governs Malaysia while PAS is an opposition party. Still, the two organisations have joined hands on several Islamic issues in recent years.

Mr Trump's decision on Wednesday overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East.