ICERD rally will be peaceful, say 2 Umno veterans

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who is also the rally director, says there is no reason for anyone to get out of control.

PETALING JAYA: On the eve of the mammoth human rights rally planned in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, two Umno veteran leaders have given the assurance that it will be a peaceful rally.

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who is also the rally director, said there was no reason for anyone to get out of control.

“It will be a peaceful rally. We just want to say our ‘thank you’ to the government for not pursuing the ICERD matter.

“The big crowd is also a way to put pressure on the government not to make a U-turn later on the issue,” he said referring to the controversial International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination treaty.

He said it was true thousands were expected as he had been organising the publicity for the rally.

“I’ve informed all our Umno members. They are coming on their own. They are excited about supporting this cause.

“They feel it has a lot of relevance to them,” he told FMT.

‘Who are we going to fight with during the rally?’

Arau MP Shahidan Kassim said there was no reason for members at the rally to turn unruly.

“Who are we going to fight with during the rally? All are there for the same cause.”

He said the Malay race is not an aggressive race and they are highly patient and tolerant.

“You can expect a peaceful rally. The Malays know that they need to unite.

“They are disunited at the moment and it is not good for the economy,” Shahidan told FMT.

The Umno veteran added that those attending the rally tomorrow would be hearing speeches from Umno, PAS and NGOs. That is all.”

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said a sufficient number of police officers and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) troops would be deployed to look after the city tomorrow.

“We’ll have sufficient officers on the ground tomorrow. They will be on standby to ward off any untoward incident,” he told FMT.

He said, as planned, six main roads in the capital city will be closed from 6am onwards.

The roads are Jalan Hishamuddin, Jalan Leboh Pasar, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut and Bulatan Dato’ Onn.

PAS, Umno and Malay-Muslim groups are organising the rally tomorrow despite repeated assurances from Putrajaya that Putrajaya will not ratify the ICERD.

A previous race-based rally organised by Umno division leader Jamal Yunos in 2015 to “uphold Malay dignity” resulted in clashes between protesters and the police.