We haven’t been notified about Friday’s ICERD rally, say cops

Rallies have been held in Kuala Lumpur against the government’s plan to ratify the ICERD.

PORT DICKSON: The police said today they have not received any notification for a gathering scheduled to be held on Friday in Seremban to protest the proposed ratification of the ICERD.

Negeri Sembilan chief police officer Noor Azam Jamaludin said the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 requires the organiser to notify the police 10 days before the date of the gathering.

Organisers are only required to notify or inform the officer in charge of the police district of an intended assembly. Under the Act, the police have no authority to stop the assembly.

“If the organiser wants to go ahead with the gathering, they are reminded not to cause any provocation, undermine public order and cause traffic congestion.

“The right to expression is the right of the public but do not go to the extreme so as to undermine public security,” he said when approached after the disposal of drug exhibits used in court cases.

Negeri Sembilan Umno Youth had invited the people to join a gathering at the State Mosque in Seremban at 2pm on Friday to oppose the government’s plan to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

It is organising the rally together with the Negeri Sembilan Puteri Umno and PAS Youth.

Noor Azam also said that the police had received six reports regarding an old viral video showing Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy allegedly making sensitive statements when he was leading the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

“We will hand over the reports to Bukit Aman for investigation,” he said.