Najib also called on the community not to be taken by poison spewed from inside and outside the country, or through cyberspace by those wanting to topple the government. - File Photo
The "Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu" held on Wednesday was a manifestation of the rise of Malays to defend their dignity and the country's leadership from being condemned and humiliated.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said even though several illegal rallies had been held before this to challenge the dignity of the Malays, they were patient.
4 rally was considered the turning point when several participants went beyond the limit by stomping on the picture of national leaders and insulting the country's leadership," he said at the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) Silat Assembly 2015 at Dataran Merdeka, Friday.
Speaking before 15,000 members of Pesaka from all over the country, Najib said: "Slapped once, we did not do anything. The second time...
the third time...
but the fourth time had crossed the limit. Malays also have rights.
"The Malays will stand up when their pride is scarred, when their leader is insulted, condemned and humiliated. It's enough, do not repeat such vengeful acts," he said.
He said the assembly of silat
exponents on Friday showed they were prepared to defend the nation's dignity from being humiliated.
In his speech, Najib also reminded that the government could not be changed through street demonstrations.
"Do not think the government today has no support...
the 15,000 people assembled here tonight are also our supporters," he said and was met with thunderous applause from the crowd.
Najib also called on the community not to be taken by poison spewed from inside and outside the country, or through cyberspace by those wanting to topple the government.he
prime minister said the Malays despite having the right to be angry following several illegal rallies before, could still assemble in acivilised
"Even though it was earlierdemonised
that when the Malays assembled there would be trouble, the assembly was peaceful.
"No seditious or racist banners, no stomping of pictures...
so other people should not be worried, as we are not people gathering or carrying out street demonstrations to topple the government," he said.
Also present were Pesaka chairman Tan Sri Ali Rustam, socio-cultural affairs adviser to the government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim and International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
At the event, Najib also declaredsilat
as the official national art of self-defence
Najib said as prime minister, he wanted to see Malaysilat
continued to spread from every corner including the government offices, government-linked companies and even universities.
"We want the Malaysilat
world to be empowered of its position and dignity," he said.