Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Malays will not remain quiet and will rise to defend the dignity of the race when challenged.
"I don't want to use this occasion to recognise them (Himpunan Maruah Melayu). Do we keep quiet when our dignity is challenged and when we are pushed against the wall?
"Don't expect this to happen, we will rise to defend our dignity," he said when opening a Border Security and Management seminar organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) yesterday.
Also present were UUM vice-chancellor, Prof Mohamed Mustafa Ishak and deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said although the police estimated only 35,000 people attended the rally yesterday, those present put the figure at some 150,000.