KUALA LUMPUR — October 4, 2019: The Malay leaders from PKR and Amanah are yet to respond to the invites sent by the secretariat of the gathering called the Malay Dignity Congress.
Spokesperson of the event, Associate Professor Datuk Dr Zainal Kling said today that invitations were sent to Malay leaders of PKR, which is a multiracial party, because according to him the congress, to be held in Shah Alam on Sunday is an apolitical call for Malay unity.
“This is not a racist assembly. This is a gathering for the Malays to discuss about the problems that ail them,” said Zainal.
He said four public universities will present the findings of their respective Malay-related studies at the congress.
Zainal’s remark on the invites to PKR leaders however, did not tally with the claim by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday that he was not invited to the congress and that even if he was, he probably would not attend it.
“I did not receive any invitation and I will be preoccupied elsewhere,” Anwar was quoted as saying.
Zainal also stressed that no politicians, besides Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will speak at the congress with the leeway given due to his position as the prime minister.
Umno and PAS had confirmed their attendance at the event. Umno’s representatives will be led by secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa while PAS by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for the latter.
The congress is organised by Universiti Malaya, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Universiti Putra Malaysia.