Saturday, October 22, 2011

One million to gather today?

As the name suggests, "The Gathering of the One Million Faithfuls", I take it that the organisers of the Himpun anti-apostasy rally scheduled today in Shah Alam will generate one million people to the rally, venue being the Shah Alam Stadium. One million? If it materialises, wouldn't Shah Alam for the first time in its history be flooded with people. During the past two Bersih rallies, 50,000 were enough to choke up an entire city, what's more if it was 1,000,000? I certainly would not like to be caught in Shah Alam this afternoon where the main highway could be turned into a parking lot.

Now the venue is going to be the Shah Alam Stadium, but the stadium has a seating capacity of only 69,372. Let's assume that another 10,000 will occupy the field, that will add up to a total of 79,372. Where are the remaining 920,628 going to be accommodated?

I am comforted by the thought that the organisers have given assurances to the non-Muslims that the rally will not be a Christian-bashing gathering, so there is nothing to worry about. It will be a gathering to remind the Muslims to be true to their faith. Did I miss out something here? The gathering was mooted because of the DUMC incident that members of the church were proselytising to the Muslim guests. So are the organisers going to say that the DUMC case will not be mentioned during the rally? I believe the issue will be milked for all its worth especially when you have blokes like Ibrahim Ali (although I understand he will not be one of the speakers), that MP for Kulim Bandar Baru, Zulkifli Noordin and that Mufti from Perak, Harussani Zakaria, attending the rally as well. Any rally that is religiously themed, will be an emotionally charged event. There is no guarantee that this one will not. Well, that's left to be seen.

If one will notice, for the last few days, there have been downpours in the afternoon. If God is kind, he will send another downpour this afternoon, telling the 1,000,000 people to go home and do something more productive and constructive. As to the actual number of people attending? My hunch is minimum 10,000 with 20,000 max.

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