Half a Million People Expected at Icerd Rally

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About half a million people are expected to attend a rally that was supposed to be held in objection to the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).

According to Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, PAS, who are the joint organisers of the rally, are expecting 300,000 people whereas Umno is expecting 200,000 people to attend the rally on Saturday (Dec 8).

“So you can expect 500,000 people will gather in white shirts. Kuala Lumpur will be ‘bleached’ (diputihkan), we will make it white on the 8th,“ the Pasir Salak MP told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

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Tajuddin, who is also coordinating the event vowed that it will be a peaceful event.

“You will see a peaceful rally,“ he said.

PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said about 1,000 of Badan Amal volunteers will be on hand to help in safety aspects.

“We have also told participants to use their handphones to record any incidents of provocation, which will be handed over to the police for further action,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the upcoming rally against the Icerd on Dec 8 must be separated from any racial issues.

He said the controversial rally was to show gratitude towards the government for deciding not to ratify Icerd, which had drawn much criticism from pro-Muslim-Malay groups over claims that it could undermine the position of Malays, Islam and the Royal institution.

“To me, the media must highlight the fact that the rally isn’t a gathering to incite sensitive issues concerning race in our diverse society.”

The Umno president said the rally will adhere to all rules and regulations as enshrined in the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“We will also adhere to all terms which were negotiated with the authorities. We will also cooperate fully with the authorities,” he added.

The rally was given the green light on Monday (Dec 3) by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the police for the gathering at Jalan Raja from 2pm to 6pm on Dec 8.