6 roads to be closed for ICERD rally

KL police chief Mazlan Lazim has urged rally participants to use public transport and to avoid making provocative statements.

PETALING JAYA: Police will be closing six roads in Kuala Lumpur to facilitate the anti-ICERD rally on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected to turn up for the rally to “celebrate” the government’s decision not to ratify the United Nations’ International Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The roads affected are: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (before the tunnel), Leboh Pasar (near the Malaysian Bar), Jalan Tun Perak (from LRT Masjid Jamek onwards), Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (after Sogo’s crossroads), Jalan Raja Laut (near Summit Hotel) and Bulatan Dato’ Onn (near Bank Negara). They will be closed from 6am on Saturday.

KL police chief Mazlan Lazim said Jalan Raja, opposite Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad and its surrounding areas, will be closed from tomorrow night.

He also took note of a second rally organised by silat associations, which would take place from 10am to noon.

He said about 500 silat participants will converge at Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan before marching to Gate 3 of the Istana Negara to hand over their memorandum against ICERD.

“We may also close several roads for this but only for a short while.

“We will assist them in traffic arrangements and look after their safety for about two hours,” he said at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.

Mazlan reminded participants of both rallies to adhere to laws under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

He advised participants to use public transport to avoid traffic congestion and avoid parking along roadsides.

Mazlan advised against making provocative statements, bringing dangerous weapons and bringing children to the rallies.

“Police will not hesitate to take action under existing laws against those who fail to obey the rules,” he said.

On Nov 3, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) had given the green light for the rally, organised by NGO Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah), to be held along Jalan Raja, between Dataran Merdeka and Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, from 2pm to 6pm.

The rally’s objective was changed from a peaceful assembly against ICERD to a “thanksgiving” to the government after Putrajaya announced it would not be ratifying ICERD following widespread criticism.

PAS and Umno have said their members will be participating in the rally and claimed they were expecting a crowd of 500,000.