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Anti-ICERD rally ends without a glitch

The anti-ICERD protesters. (Picture courtesy from Gerakan Pembela Ummah)

The anti-ICERD protesters. (Picture courtesy from Gerakan Pembela Ummah)

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KUALA LUMPUR – December 12, 2018: Malaysia’s biggest rally since Pakatan Harapan (PH) formed the government in May ended without a hitch today after tens of thousands bellowed a resounding objection against a controversial United Nation’s convention which was initially slated to be ratified early next year.

The crowd, which was against the International Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), started to disperse at 4.50pm after the rally’s final speech, which was delivered by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Hadi whom had shared the stage alongside Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other speakers, thanked the government for not ratifying ICERD but expressed concern over statements by some PH leaders which he claimed showed signs of a possible turnabout.

“Hence, we cannot stop this struggle. If they (PH) dare to bring it to Parliament again, we will call millions to take it to the streets as this is also a peaceful democracy,” said Hadi to the anti-ICERD protestors who choked the entire stretch of the road alongside Dataran Merdeka here.

Like Hadi, Zahid also echoed similar view with him calling for Pas and Umno to unite should the government attempted to tamper the rights of the Malays and Bumiputra as well as the position of Islam in Malaysia.

“I want PAS and Umno to unite from today onwards. Are we willing to assemble for the sake of Islam? Can we cast aside PAS’ and Umno’s differences in the name of Malay and Islam, without setting aside the interests of other races?” Zahid asked.

The Mole observed that, at its peak, the number of protestors at the rally was at least double of the 55,000 estimated by the police.

The anti-ICERD rally was organised by non-governmental organisations, Gerakan Pembela Ummah and Sekretariat Kedaulatan Negara following the announcement of ICERD’s ratification by National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy two months ago.

The enormous blowback over the issue stems from the suspicion that the convention will eventually negate Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which enshrines the special rights of Malays and Bumiputera.

PH leaders and supporters were mostly not supportive of the rally with DAP secretary-general and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today describing the rally as being irrelevant while PKR president who is also the prime-minister-in-waiting, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibraim saying that it was inappropriate.

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