Second wave of anti-war protest planned

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Peace Malaysia is planning a second wave of anti-war activities, including a Peace March and the setting up of a 24-hour hotline for the public to pledge donations in support of Iraq. 

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the patron of the movement, said the march would involve an estimated 50,000 people marching from Stadium Merdeka to Dataran Merdeka. 

“The route is specially chosen as it has a symbolic meaning. The stadium represents the nation’s independence, dignity and sovereignty. 

“Peace-loving Malaysians are against war. Hopefully the march, together with other peace rallies around the world can serve as a platform to avert an invasion of Iraq,” he said after a meeting at the ministry’s office with Iraqi ambassador to Malaysia Qais Subhi A. Al-Ya’aqubi yesterday. 

Peace Malaysia co-ordinator Zulkifli Mohd Alwi said the logistics for the march, tentatively scheduled for either Friday or Saturday, were still being worked out.  

The movement, he added, would also initiate a “telethon” with well-known Malaysians, including ministers, top entertainers and sport stars, personally manning the telephones to take down pledges of donations in aid of Iraqis. 

Peace Malaysia, he added, would tie up with Mercy Malaysia and Malaysian Red Crescent Society missions to Iraq to facilitate efficient distribution of aid there.  

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