Bar Council Lukman Sheriff Alias A protester who took part in the demonstration of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / Malaysia Gazette / 04 NOVEMBER 2018
A protester who took part in the demonstration of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / Malaysia Gazette / 04 NOVEMBER 2018

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi gave his assurance that the mega International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) assembly which will be held on 8 December will be carried out in a peaceful manner.

Although the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has raised concerns on the assembly and did not want it to be held, the oppositions remained persistent in carrying on with their plans.

According to Zahid, the assembly will be held to celebrate the Pakatan Harapan’s decision in not to ratify the ICERD.

“We will carry on. I will represent UMNO and PAS to go to the assembly. It has nothing to do with racial issues. We need to separate that as we only want to hold an assembly to express our gratitude for the government’s decision.

“We can to give thanks and appreciation to the Cabinet’s decision in rejecting the ratification of ICERD. No racial problems here,” he said when met at the lobby of the Parliament today on the approval by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for the anti-ICERD assembly this Saturday.

Earlier, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said, the approval for the event was made in a joint-meeting with the government and PDRM.

He added, the approval was given based on their faith that the assembly will be held peacefully.

The assembly can be held from 2.00 pm to 6.00 p.m. at Jalan Raja only, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building and Merdeka Square.

Zahid added, the organiser will obey all standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 at they have obtained the permit from DBKL.

“We will definitely obey all rules and regulations provided by the authorities.

“We will fully cooperate with the police and DBKL. We won’t compromise on that,” he emphasized. -MalaysiaGazette

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