KUALA LUMPUR: Saturday 8th December will witness thousands of Malaysians from all over the country assemble in two important events namely the Universal Human Rights Celebration in Petaling Jaya and the Anti-Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) Ratification rally at Dataran Merdeka.
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is expected to be present as the chief guest at the human rights celebration held at the Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya scheduled to begin at 9am until 3pm, as reported by StarOnline today.
The human rights celebration organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) claimed that it had planned the event months ago.
Suhakam’s Chairman, Tan Sri Razali Ismail said, December 8 is the date given by the Prime Minister’s Office which coincidentally falls on the same date as the Anti-Icerd rally in Kuala Lumpur.
Razali said the event is open to the public and being held to mark Human Rights Day, universally celebrated on Dec. 10.
Meanwhile, the coalition of Malay NGOs Ummah, the main organiser of the anti-Icerd rally said they were not aware of the event in Petaling Jaya that will be held on the same day.
The anti-Icerd rally will begin at 2pm and end at 6pm on Saturday. Organisers of both gatherings are said to have been given the green light by the authorities to carry on with their programmes.
Ummah Secretariat Chief, Aminuddin Yahya is expecting half a million participants. It is said that Umno, PAS and other Malay-rights NGOs have expressed that they will bring in the numbers.
In another development, the PAS-led Kelantan state government has declared Sunday a public holiday to allow anti-Icerd participants to attend the event.
This will help boost the numbers at the rally which the organizers said that it is not a protest but more of appreciating the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s decision not to ratify the Icerd.
Terengganu, a state administered by PAS, is also expected to follow suit.
PAS Vice-President, Datuk Mohd. Amar Nik Abdullah said at least 100,000 Pas supporters from Kelantan are expected to attend the Anti-Icerd assembly known as #DaulatHimpunan812 to express their feelings and thanks to PH government for not ratifying Icerd.
“We target 100,000 participants from Kelantan but we do not know UMNO’s supporters as it is each party’s arrangement,” he said as reported by Utusan Malaysia today.
Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a statement warned the participants at the #DaulatHImpunan812 to watch out their words especially touching on racial issues.
Icerd became a heated and controversial issue recently when the Pakatan government mooted to ratify the United Nations covenant. The opposition parties Umno and PAS said it went against Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which upheld the rights of the bumiputera.
The government on Nov. 23 announced that it would not ratify Icerd.– MalaysiaWorld News.