KL gives green light to anti-ICERD rally


KUALA LUMPUR: Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan has given the green light to the anti-ICERD protest at Jalan Raja here on Dec 8 from 2pm-6pm, on the basis that it will be conducted peacefully.

He said this at a press conference at Menara DBKL 1 on Monday. Also present was City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.

The rally against the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is being organised by Malay-Muslim NGO Ummah and Sekretariat Kedaulatan Negara.

Both PAS and Umno have declared they would join the rally, as will members of Malay rights group Perkasa.

The debate over ICERD erupted after a speech by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the UN General Assembly in September, where he said the Pakatan Harapan government would ratify the remaining human rights conventions endorsed by the world body.

However, after protests and threats of Malays running “amok” by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the government backtracked and said it would not ratify anti-racial discrimination convention.

The organisers said the rally would now be one of celebration, rather than protest.

Malaysia is one of only 14 countries in the world that have yet to ratify ICERD, along the likes of North Korea, Myanmar and South Sudan.