Suhakam calls off human rights event on advice from cops

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia chairman Razali Ismail.

GEORGE TOWN: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has postponed its Human Rights Day 2018 event tomorrow which would have coincided with the anti-International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) rally, following advice from the police.

In a statement today, Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said the commission was advised to call off the event by the police. However, he did not reveal what the security risks were. The Prime Minister’s Office was also informed about the matter.

“Suhakam is disappointed that a government that is committed to human rights would seem to be influenced by tactics of pressure and extremism that have resulted in the need to postpone the celebration that was planned a few months ago.

“We apologise profusely to the public, our guests, the participants and volunteers to our celebration,” he said.

Razali said Suhakam would hold a press conference at its office today to elaborate on the matter.

Suhakam’s Human Rights Day event was planned to be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya, with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the guest of honour, from 9am to 3pm. It was expected to attract about 3,000 people.

The anti-ICERD rally will take place at Kuala Lumpur’s Dataran Merdeka from 2pm to 6pm. The organisers expect about 500,000 people to attend.