KUALA LUMPUR – December 6, 2018: Contrary to how it has been reported in the press, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) maintains that the gathering it is organising at the Petaling Jaya Jalan Timur Padang on Saturday is to coincide with the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day which falls on December 10.
This event has been touted as one to counter the rally planned by some non-governmental organisations, Umno and PAS, also on Saturday, at Dataran Merdeka in the city centre here as a “thank you” following the government’s recent decision not to ratify the International Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
While its point may be valid, the fact that the announcement on the Suhakam gathering was widely reported only much later after the ICERD rally was confirmed is enough for the detractors to accuse that it is intended as a show of strength to outdo the one at Dataran Merdeka.
“Our event is a festival…. it has no marching, no rallys, just fun, performances and food trucks,” said an officer with Suhakam’s media relations division.
She said Suhakam is supportive of the KL rally because having a rally is part of human rights.
Last year Suhakam celebrated the 69th International Human Rights Day with a festival at Sunway Velocity Mall here.
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will launch the Suhakam event, which will have 30 exhibitions booths.