Gerakan Pembela Ummah held a rally outside Jamek Mosque on May 4 to voice out their dissatisfaction towards the government over their methods in handling issues pertaining to ICERD, Rome Statute, UEC and the riots at Seafield temple.
The protest is dubbed as “405 Gathering”. It was reported that approximately 4,000 people participated in the gathering, dressed in white.
From the media intelligence, it is noticeable that the rally attracted the non-mainstream media more than the mainstream ones.
Political blog Malaysians Must Know The Truth, is the most active medium to write on Gerakan Pembela Ummah, with 16 articles. Malay Mail took the second position with 14 articles, but other mainstream media like Utusan, Sinar Harian and The Star published less than 10 articles pertaining to the topic.
Other non-mainstream media who made it into the top 10 are, Malaysia Gazette (11 articles), Dialog Rakyat (10 articles) and Harakah Daily (9 articles).
However, the influencer that is dominating the “Gerakan Pembela Ummah” topic is Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and not the organisers.
The minister said that the 405 Gathering was organised to tarnish the image of Pakatan Harapan government of not protecting the Muslims. He reaffirmed that the truth is the opposite. Then, he reminded the public that stern police action will be made against those who insult others religion.
Additionally, tomorrow (May 9) will mark the first anniversary of Pakatan Harapan government. UMNO’s Tun Faisal urged Malaysians to wear black to show their dissatisfaction towards the government’s performance.