Rival parties protest against anti-Muslim video

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Thousands of Muslims from Umno and PAS have converged in Kuala Lumpur today to protest against the anti-Islam film clip that has triggered anti-US demonstrations across the globe.

PAS vice president Salahuddin Ayub led their ‘green protest’ after gathering at the Tabung Haji mosque at Jln Tun Abdul Razak for Friday prayers.

After that, marched some 1km to the US embassy.

Meanwhile, Umno's protest led by its youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin converged at Kampung Baru mosque about 3km from the embassy.

Both protests are backed by various Muslims groups and NGOs.

A trailer for the low-budget movie made in the US has angered Muslims worldwide for its mocking of the Prophet Mohammad, and for portraying Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.

Google has since barred access to the clip for Malaysian users.

'PAS should leave Pakatan'

In his speech at the protest, Khairy urged PAS to leave Pakatan Rakyat as DAP has allegedly not shown solidarity in protesting against the film ‘Innocence of Islam’ and caricatures that badly depict video.

Khairy ( right, with sash ) claims he has brought many people from BN component parties MCA and MIC of various races to protest against the  "demeaning acts" committed by the video's producer Sam Bacile.

“However, (Beruas MP) Ngeh Koo Ham said that this is (protest) is a waste of time,” said Khairy.

Also present were Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali and former Selangor PAS commissioner Hasan Ali.

“We are in solidarity with our brothers in PAS protesting this as it has nothing to do with politics, but a desecration of Islam and Prophet Muhammad. We would do the same if this happens to other religion.

“However, in Pakatan we do not find this. Not only they do not join and protest like Bersih, they criticise those who want to protest.

"For this reason maybe PAS should rethink its role in Pakatan and leave it.”

He added that if the DAP is truly democratic, it should have taken action against Ngeh.

On Sept 17, Ngeh commented on the protests tweeting, "Khairy wants Muslim protest against Same Bacile. For Islam or for his political gains? Are Muslims wasting to much time and energy on this?"

The tweet got Umno in a flurry and Ngeh eventually buckled to pressure and apologised .

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