4:20pm: The crowd at Padang Merbok swells as more and more people arrive. The weather is cloudy.
3:40pm: Kelantan Menteri Besar Dato Ahmad Yaakob and Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar arrive.
2:39pm: Shoutul Amal group takes centrestage with a nasyid performance.
2:35pm: The programme has officially started, with emcees Ustaz Hafez Sabri and Ustaz Azariza on the microphones.
2.32pm: Distinguished guests from PAS women’s wing or Muslimat has arrived on stage, escorted by PAS’ Jabatan Amal.
2.29pm: More than 15 thousand people has started walking en-masse towards Padang Merbok, from the Sogo shopping complex and nearby areas, and are being led by Dr Azman and Ust Wan Sukairi.
1.57pm: A child suspected to have separated from his family has been found and brought to the Jabatan Amal desk for safety. He is wearing a purple shirt with a yellow tractor on it.
1.53pm: Thousands of Muslims are in mass Zuhur prayer led by Kelantan Mentri Besar, Dato Ahmad Yakob.
1.20pm: More than ten thousand people are thronging the area near Sogo shopping complex, many are from Kelantan and Terengganu. Many more could be seen mulling near the Bandaraya LRT station, Pertama Complex and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. All are expected to move towards Padang Merbok at 3pm.
KUALA LUMPUR – The rally in support of Act 355 amendments will only officially start at 2pm, and yet, thousands already throng the streets near Padang Merbok.
The crowd in purple, could be seen as early as 7am at various breakfast hotspots, among others on Jalan Pahang Barat near the offices of Harakah.
Checks upon several news well-known websites known to claim for independent reporting however, have yet to show any reports on today’s hottest goings-on in Malaysia, which was expected.
In a report earlier this today, Malaysiakini reported PAS deputy president Dato Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man as wanting to know whether MCA and DAP leaders had truly accepted former Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah’s call for syariah courts to be strengthened.
In his speech at the pre-ceramah for the Act 355 rally last night, Tuan Ibrahim noted how all MPs, including MCA ministers and DAP leaders, accepted the former Agong’s call.
“If they had accepted the call unanimously, there should not be opposition (against PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill).
“So why oppose the call’s intention when it is to be translated into action?” Tuan Ibrahim queried.
“This is the reason why PAS questioned whether MCA and DAP leaders were in support of the royal call or whether they had lied.
“If MCA ministers accepted the call unanimously, why are they suddenly against it when we try to bring forth what was called for by the (former) Agong?
The former Agong had, in his speech during last year’s first Parliament sitting, called for the strengthening of religious institutions and enhancement of the administration of Islamic law by empowering the syariah courts.
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