A reminder to send signatures to organising committee

  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The one-million signature campaign organised by Malaysians for Peace Alliance will not mean a thing if the groups collecting the signatures do not send them to the co-ordinating secretariat. 

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein Onn, who chaired the co-ordinating committee meeting for the Malaysian Peace Rally yesterday, said although there had been announcements that there were well over one million signatures collected, the committee had only about 800,000 signatures in hand. 

“The collection deadline is tomorrow and I hope the groups will send them in to the co-ordinating committee so that the signatures can be banded together for presentation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the Feb 23 peace rally,” he later told reporters. 

He added that it was hoped that the support will be included in the NAM declaration. 

“If the United Nations gives the go-ahead for America and its allies to attack Iraq, we will maintain our stand and show our disapproval,” he said. 

Hishammuddin also urged the public and members of the opposition parties to support the rally by making up the number of supporters who turn up on that day. 

“Irrespective of race, religion, age, sex and political leanings, I hope Malaysians will come out in full force to show their commitment and support for world peace. 

“This cause is to make a stand, that is, Malaysians are firmly behind Dr Mahathir when he states the country’s stand on world peace, especially in respect of the impending war and the atrocities that are still being carried out against the Palestinians in their homeland,” he said. 

A memorandum will also be presented to Dr Mahathir on world peace. 

Hishammuddin added that the peace rally will include a “peace concert” that will feature local and international artistes. 

Among the events under the peace programme is an international conference on Feb 16, which will be opened by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

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