Anti-ICERD assem­bly peace­ful

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: The rally on the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion (ICERD) at Jalan Raja yes­ter­day took place peace­fully, said Kuala Lumpur po­lice chief Datuk Seri Ma­zlan Lazim,

In a state­ment here, he said that an es­ti­mated 55,000 par­tic­i­pants were present and the assem­bly went smoothly and safely with­out any un­de­sir­able in­ci­dents.

He said there were par­tic­i­pants who brought chil­dren to the rally and it vi­o­lated the Peace­ful Assem­bly Act 2012.

Ber­nama re­porters on the ground found the assem­bly sched­uled to end at 6 pm ended ear­lier fol­low­ing rain in the fed­eral cap­i­tal yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Among the op­po­si­tion lead­ers present were for­mer prime min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak, Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

The or­gan­is­ers were re­ported as say­ing that the gath­er­ing was a ges­ture of grat­i­tude over the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion not to rat­ify the con­ven­tion and to con­tinue up­hold the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

On Nov 23, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice in a state­ment said the Pakatan Hara­pan Govern­ment would not rat­ify the ICERD and would con­tinue to up­hold the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion in which is en­shrined the so­cial con­tract agreed upon by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all races dur­ing the for­ma­tion of the coun­try.

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