Muhyid­din thanks se­cu­rity forces for keep­ing the peace

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KUALA LUMPUR: Home Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin has con­grat­u­lated the se­cu­rity forces and gov­ern­ment agen­cies over­see­ing se­cu­rity on the Icerd (In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion) rally around Jalan Raja here to­day, for a job well done.

He was also pleased with the po­lice’s ap­proach in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the gath­er­ing in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions un­der the Peace­ful Assem­bly Act 2012.

“The ‘thanks­giv­ing’ gath­er­ing on the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion not to rat­ify Icerd took place in a peace­ful set­ting, with­out any un­de­sir­able in­ci­dents.

“I also con­grat­u­late the po­lice, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and all gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in con­trol­ling pub­lic safety and peace dur­ing the rally,” he said.

He also thanked the or­gan­is­ers and par­tic­i­pants of the gath­er­ing for a peace­ful assem­bly and for giv­ing full co­op­er­a­tion to the au­thor­i­ties.

Mean­while, Muhyid­din said in line with the spirit of “New Malaysia”, he wished to re­it­er­ate the gov­ern­ment’s stand to al­ways re­spect the peo­ple’s right to speak out and gather peace­fully, in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions un­der the law and the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

Kuala Lumpur po­lice chief Datuk Seri Ma­zlan Lazim was re­ported to have said that 55,000 par­tic­i­pants were present at the rally, and the pro­gramme went on smoothly and safely with­out any un­de­sir­able events.

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

Watch­ful eyes: Se­cu­rity forces keep­ing an eye on the crowd at the anti-Icerd rally at Dataran Merdeka.

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