Singaporeans told to avoid KL ahead of mammoth rally

Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, where the anti-ICERD rally is expected to take place tomorrow. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Singapore’s foreign ministry has advised the republic’s nationals to defer all non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur in light of the rally to be held there tomorrow, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reports.

“According to media reports, a large-scale rally will take place in Kuala Lumpur at Dataran Merdeka on Dec 8. Current indications are that the turnout at the event may number in the tens of thousands,” the CNA report said, quoting a ministry advisory.

“There are also media reports of another large rally taking place in Petaling Jaya at Padang Timur on the same day.

“As with large congregations or demonstrations, there is a possibility that limited and isolated skirmishes might take place. There may also be traffic disruptions and other disturbances that will impact travellers,” according to the advisory.

The rally in Petaling Jaya, organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia to mark Human Rights Day 2018, was postponed today on police and government advice.

However, organisers of the anti-International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), led by Umno and PAS, have vowed to go ahead with their rally at Dataran Merdeka.

The Singapore ministry urged Singaporeans in Kuala Lumpur to remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings.

It also advised them to monitor the local news for developments and heed the instructions of local authorities.

Singaporeans were also told to stay in touch with family and friends.

The advisory included the addresses and telephone numbers of the ministry and the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, and the ministry’s email for its nationals to contact if in need.