Sultan of Selangor upset over claims he will take part in anti-ICERD rally

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has urged all parties not to link him to any rally organised by any political party or NGO.

PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, is upset over messages circulating on social media that he, along with the Johor sultan, would be attending an anti-ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally tomorrow.

The statement was issued by the sultan’s private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, and published on the Selangor royal office’s Facebook page.

The Selangor ruler urged all parties not to link him to any rally organised by any political party or NGO.

“Such statements can confuse the people.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“The Selangor ruler is not supposed to be involved in any rally organised by any party,” the statement read.

The rally, which has been rebranded as a “thanksgiving” gathering to welcome Putrajaya’s decision not to ratify the international rights treaty, will take place near Kuala Lumpur’s Dataran Merdeka from 2pm to 6pm.

It was initially organised to protest against ICERD, which detractors say is a threat to Malaysia’s affirmative action policy.

The organisers expect about 500,000 people to attend.

On Nov 29, the government said it would not ratify the UN treaty, adding it will continue to defend the Federal Constitution, which “includes the social contract agreed upon by representatives of all races during the founding of this nation”.