Cops to call anti-ICERD rally organiser over participation of children

Some rally goers brought their children along when taking part in an anti-ICERD rally in the capital on Saturday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will call up the organiser of the anti-International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) rally here yesterday over a report on children being seen among the participants.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said it is an offence under Section 4 (2)(f) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for children to be brought to the rally, and those found guilty could be fined up to RM20,000.

“The organiser will be called up to assist investigation. So far, no police report has been lodged on damage to the landscape during the rally,” he told a media conference at his office today.

Yesterday, Mazlan was reported to have said that about 55,000 people attended the rally and it went smoothly with no untoward incident reported.

The rally organiser was reported to have said that it was held to show gratitude for the government’s decision not to ratify the ICERD and to continue to uphold the Federal Constitution.

Last Nov 23, the Prime Minister’s Office, in a statement, said the Pakatan Harapan government would not ratify ICERD.

Instead, it would continue to defend the Federal Constitution which contained a social contract that had been agreed to by all races during the formation of the country.