DBKL gives green light for ICERD rally

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has approved the proposed rally on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), scheduled to take place on Saturday (Dec 8) at Dataran Merdeka here.

He added the decision was made based on the reason that the peaceful gathering was to thank government for not ratifying ICERD.

On Nov 23, the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said the Pakatan Harapan government would not ratify the ICERD and would continue to uphold the Federal Constitution bound by a social contract agreed by representatives of all races during the formation of the country.


KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has approved the proposed rally on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), scheduled to take place on Saturday (Dec 8) at Dataran Merdeka here.

Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the organisers were allowed to gather at Jalan Raja near Dataran Merdeka and Sultan Abdul Samad building from 2pm to 6pm.

He said the application was jointly made by three non-governmental organisations (NGO) namely Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah), Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) dan Bekas Anggota Tentera Tidak Berpencen (Daulat).

“We received the application from the organiser on Nov 27 for the rally to take place on Dec 8 at Dataran Merdeka.

“We discussed with respective government agencies and decided to issue a permit that is valid only at Jalan Raja,” he told a press conference after a meeting with Royal Malaysian Police College (PDRM) at Menara DBKL here today.

He added the decision was made based on the reason that the peaceful gathering was to thank government for not ratifying ICERD.

“PDRM will have another meeting on Wednesday on the rally details. The rally will be monitored according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP),” he said.

He added the Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Raja would be closed from Friday along with other roads in the area.

On Nov 23, the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said the Pakatan Harapan government would not ratify the ICERD and would continue to uphold the Federal Constitution bound by a social contract agreed by representatives of all races during the formation of the country.

Following the statement, Ummah chairman Aminuddin Yahaya said the rally would continue but as an event to celebrate the government’s decision.

UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said that UMNO would take part in the rally to thank the government for its decision not to ratify the ICERD.

Source: NST Online

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