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Muhyiddin thanks security forces for keeping the peace


Watchful eyes: Security forces keeping an eye on the crowd at the anti-Icerd rally at Dataran Merdeka.

Watchful eyes: Security forces keeping an eye on the crowd at the anti-Icerd rally at Dataran Merdeka.

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally around Jalan Raja here today, for a job well done.

He was also pleased with the police’s approach in facilitating the gathering in accordance with the provisions under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“The ‘thanksgiving’ gathering on the government’s decision not to ratify Icerd took place in a peaceful setting, without any undesirable incidents.

“I also congratulate the police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and all government agencies involved in controlling public safety and peace during the rally,” he said.

He also thanked the organisers and participants of the gathering for a peaceful assembly and for giving full cooperation to the authorities.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said in line with the spirit of “New Malaysia”, he wished to reiterate the government’s stand to always respect the people’s right to speak out and gather peacefully, in accordance with the provisions under the law and the Federal Constitution.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim was reported to have said that 55,000 participants were present at the rally, and the programme went on smoothly and safely without any undesirable events.

Among the opposition leaders present at the event were former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. — Bernama

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