200,000 expected to turn up for rally in Bukit Jalil


  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2003

BY FARIDAH BEGUM

PETALING JAYA: At least 200,000 Malaysians will be gathering at the peace rally at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Feb 23. 

Malaysians for Peace Alliance secretary Norizan Sharif said groups representing consumers, women, youths and uniformed teams have confirmed their participation at the event, which would be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

He said arrangements have also been made for STAR LRT services to be extended up to 3am for commuters to return home after the rally ends. 

The Malaysian Youth Council, of which Norizan is also the secretary-general, is the organising body of the rally, which is the culmination of the peace programme, which began on Jan 3. 

The alliance is a loose coalition of 1,050 non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To date, the coalition has received more than a million signatures in support of peace for Palestine and Iraq. 

The signatures would be presented to Dr Mahathir during the rally. 

“We hope, not only for support to end the strife in Palestine and to avert the threat of war in Iraq, through the signature campaign but for Malaysians to come out on Feb 23, which is a Sunday, to show our commitment to peace globally,” Norizan said in an interview. 

The NGOs that plan to join the rally are encouraged to bring banners advocating peace. However, Norizan warned that political parties are not allowed to bring their political banners, as they would be confiscated by the police.  

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