Himpunan 812: From 2.00 pm…

Islamist coalition Ummah, Umno, and PAS are organising an anti-ICERD protest on December 8. They have renamed it as A Celebration of Victory…

8 December 2018

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DATARAN MERDEKA AT 2.45 PM 
Police: About 50,000
Organizers: About 350,000

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Menurut anggota polis bertugas di sekurang-kurangnya 50,000 peserta berada di Dataran Merdeka setakat jam 2:30ptg

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Anti-ICERD rally in Kuala Lumpur: 5 things you need to know

1. ORGANISERS’ TARGET: 500,000 PART

Organisers have said they are targeting a gathering of 500,000 people to express their thanks to the Pakatan Harapan government for not ratifying ICERD.

2. SIX ROADS CLOSED

The rally is scheduled to take place along Jalan Raja from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday.

To facilitate this, police said six roads in the heart of Kuala Lumpur will be closed.

The roads affected are Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Leboh Pasar, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut and Bulatan Dato’ Onn.

3. RIOT POLICE ON STANDBY

Malaysian police have declined to disclose the number of police personnel that will be deployed for the rally on Saturday, but assured the public that there will be enough officers to ensure that proceedings carry on smoothly.

Police also confirmed that the anti-riot Federal Reserve Unit is on standby and may be deployed if needed.

4. ENSURE NO DISTURBANCES OR DAMAGE, PM MAHATHIR TELLS ORGANISERS

In a statement on Friday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he did not see the need for the rally to continue, but noted that organisers were continuing “as a sign of appreciation” for the government’s decision not to ratify ICERD.

He also urged the rally organisers to ensure that there were no disturbances or damage to public property.

“If possible, don’t throw rubbish carelessly and take care of the cleanliness of the surroundings,” he said.

5. HUMAN RIGHTS RALLY SCHEDULED IN PETALING JAYA POSTPONED

A rally in Petaling Jaya to mark International Human Rights Day, initially scheduled to happen on Saturday, will take place a day later on Sunday due to “serious security risks”, rally organiser Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) announced on Friday.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anti-icerd-rally-kuala-lumpur-malaysia-5-things-need-to-know-11011622?cid=TWTcna

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A group of university students are bringing their unhappiness at the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) repayment scheme to a mega rally against an anti-discrimination treaty in the capital today, The Star reports.Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis) president Muhammad Faizuddin Mohd Zai said 5,000 university students would join the rally at Dataran Merdeka.

Mahathir: There will be no riot over ICERD unless Zahid causes it…

7 December 2018

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Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has expressed regret and disappointment that his name has been linked to tomorrow’s gathering over the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).

His private secretary Mohd Munir Bani said this concerned a statement circulating on social media, which claims that the “Sultan of Johor, acting Sultan of Pahang and Sultan of Selangor would attend the gathering.”

“As the ruler of Selangor, the sultan should not be linked to any rallies organised by any quarter,” he added in a statement this evening.

Therefore, Munir said the sultan has reminded the people not to be influenced by such fake news.

PM hopes rally goers will be peaceful and won’t litter

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged those attending the rally in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to observe peaceful conduct and avoid littering.

Mahathir said this was the sole request by his government to the rally organisers.

“The rally organisers must assist the police and the authorities … to ensure there is no breach of peace or damage to public property.

“If possible, do not litter and ensure cleanliness,” he said in a message posted on his Facebook page today.
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He said his administration will not obstruct the organisers of the rally because that would infringe the government’s democratic principles.

“I pray that the gathering goes smoothly without any disruptions. Let us celebrate democracy in Malaysia,” he said.

mkini

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4 December 2018

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28 November 2018

PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has again advised the organiser of an anti-rights treaty rally to not hold the gathering at Dataran Merdeka on Dec 8.

He said this as the government has decided not to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

“If the organiser wants to give thanks (because Putrajaya has decided not to ratify the treaty), it would be better if it is held in a mosque where special prayers can be held peacefully,” he said at a press conference here.

Last week, Gerakan Pembela Ummah, a coalition of Muslim NGOs, said it would still go ahead with the rally, initially organised to protest against the ICERD.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/28/hold-icerd-gathering-in-mosque-muhyiddin-tells-organiser/

25 November 2018

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It is going to be a numbers game at the PAS-Umno rally on Dec 8 where two Malay political parties intend to protest against threats to their race and religion as well as showcase their influence on the Malay ground. 

EMOTIONS over the ICERD issue had been gathering strength over the past weeks like a snowball rumbling down a slope.

By the time the alarm bells went off for the Pakatan Harapan government, it had become a flaming ball of fire.

Yet, many Pakatan leaders had been quite oblivious to the situation – until about a month ago. Some did not even know how to pronounce the acronym, which stands for the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, until recently.

It is quite possible that everyone sat up and took notice only after PAS and Umno declared that they were planning a rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

By then, mini protest rallies were erupting around mosques and after Friday prayers all over the country. Some even took their opposition to ICERD to the pulpit in the mosque and surau.

On Friday, hours before the government retracted its plans to ratify ICERD, there were two mass protests in Alor Setar and Seremban after Friday prayers.

That was probably the turning point for the government, and the Prime Minister could no longer sit on his hands regarding the ICERD issue.

The move to ratify the United Nations human rights charter is off the table now but the PAS-Umno rally on Dec 8 is still on.

“It is not about celebrating. We’re going ahead with the rally to show that when Muslims are united, the government of the day has to listen.”

“It’s also to remind the government to respect the Malays and Muslims who form the majority in the country,” said PAS deputy information chief Roslan Shahir.
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Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin was arguably the first to sense trouble ahead. After all, Umno had all these years kept from going all the way with ICERD.

Khairy has since asked Saifuddin to take responsibility for the fiasco and resign. But this is not Japan. Malaysian politicians do not commit political harakiri.

Saifuddin comes from an activist background. Some see him as an idealistic person who is ahead of his time and who was intent on championing his liberal values. He once said in Parliament that he was proud to be known as a liberal.

He probably saw ICERD as one of those “low-hanging fruits” or deliverables, that is, policies that can be implemented without too many hurdles.

He misread the ground and failed to sense the Malay discontent out there.

“The timing (of ICERD) was off, given that the Malay ground has been quite restless since the general election.”

“Although there was a Malay swing to Dr Mahathir, the perception among many Malays is that they have lost power,” said political commentator Khaw Veon Szu.

There is an undercurrent of frustration among Malays that the new government is not defending their interests.

The ICERD issue, said PKR politician Lee Chin Cheh, even managed to push the 1MDB scandal off the centre stage.

It has also dominated debates in the Budget session of Parliament.

Muslim MPs, who returned to their constituencies to mark the Prophet’s birthday, were deluged by demands for them to do something about ICERD.

Saifuddin and National Unity Minister P. Waytha Moorthy, who holds the national unity portfolio, were left to fend for themselves as the opposition MPs launched attack after attack against them.

It was as if their fellow MPs had thrown them to the wolves.

On hindsight, it was too late in the day for Saifuddin to explain the merits of ICERD.

The issue had been swamped by emotional rhetoric from the Opposition, some of which were factual and others, pure nonsense.

For instance, Umno and PAS associated ICERD with DAP’s slogan of “Malaysian Malaysia”. DAP has been painted as the chief culprit although it actually had little to do with ICERD.

But that, as they say, is politics. DAP used to blame Umno for everything that went wrong in Malaysia, and it’s now Umno’s turn.

The Chinese politicians in Pakatan have tried to distance themselves from the issue.

But they will suffer some collateral damage. They will be seen as not standing up for the egalitarian society that their base aspires for.

“ICERD gave the Opposition the bullets they needed at a time when they were directionless.

“It gave PAS and Umno the opportunity to galvanise the troops and oppose Pakatan on the Malay ground,” said a political insider.

Meanwhile, the Dec 8 rally remains a source of concern for the Mahathir administration.

Backing off from ICERD was praised as a wise decision but it was also akin to holding up the white flag. In other words, it was a victory for the Opposition.

The optics will not be good for Dr Mahathir if it is a big rally, and it could have the potential to shake his administration.

“It will confirm that Pakatan is not that strong on the Malay ground or on Malay issues. At another level, it will show that Amanah has failed as a counter force to PAS,” added the political insider.

The concern among many Malaysians is whether there will be trouble.

“We are going for a peaceful rally. We intend to control the crowd,” said Roslan. – THE STAR

Decision not to ratify Icerd made much earlier, says Mahathir

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the decision not to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) was made much earlier, and had nothing to do with the current political development, especially the upcoming Rantau state by-election.

“Right from the start, I have made it clear that we live in a country of a multi-racial and multi-religious society and those issues (about Icerd) are complicated to be ratified,” he told a press conference after attending a meeting with 207 senior government officers in Langkawi last night

Mahathir said Malaysians as a whole had clearly showed that they would not be able to accept Icerd ratification due to the racial composition in the country.

“It (reason for non-ratification of Icerd) is not about politics, but because we adhere to the people’s demand,” he added.

– Bernama

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=145230

23 November 2018

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The gathering regarding the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) will proceed as planned, according to its organisers.

However, Gerakan Pembela Ummah secretariat chief Aminuddin Yahaya said the Dec 8 gathering at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur would not be a protest, but a celebration.

This afternoon, following weeks of protests, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that the government would not ratify the convention.

“We will proceed with the rally as a celebratory gathering because the people’s voice has succeeded in opposing Icerd after the government decided to cancel its ratification,” Aminuddin told Malaysiakini.

He was also confident that the gathering would draw a large crowd to celebrate the “people’s victory”.

Meanwhile, former minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the gathering, which is also backed by Umno and PAS, should not take place.

“The government has cancelled plans to ratify Icerd.

“This is the time to reduce the nation’s ‘political temperature’. Better not to proceed,” he tweeted.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/453130

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Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has cautioned the Chinese community over the tension surrounding the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) issue.

In a 90-minute meeting with editors of Chinese dailies today, he said certain political parties and individuals were exploiting the issue and fanning the sentiments of the Malay community.

He claimed this was to garner traction for the planned Dec 8 rally, jointly organised by PAS and Umno to protest the ratification of Icerd.

However, the Prime Minister’s Office this afternoon released a statement that the government would not ratify the convention.

Lim said the government would not prevent the rally but stressed that it must be held in a peaceful manner.

He noted how some quarters linked the Icerd ratification issue to the survivability of the Malay community when this was not the case.

“In fact, we are puzzled why the issue was suddenly plucked out of nowhere as it was never an issue during the 14th general election,” he added.

Lim said he became aware that the Malay community was being instigated after a video which alleged he had diverted funds meant for Malay students to Chinese temples went viral on social media.

“Someone with bad intentions has played up these issues to protect their political status.

“Some parties cannot get rid of their corruption label and they need to cover up their inability to manage finances. So they play up extremism to divert attention.

“As such, the Chinese community needs to understand the developments and changes in the Malay community […] they need to have this wary attitude until after the Dec 8 (rally).

“Although this may not directly be linked to the Chinese community, we must be alert. When it is said to be a survival issue (of the Malays), then other communities will also be targeted,” he added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/453123

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KUALA LUMPUR: The government today announced that it would not be ratifying the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

In a brief statement this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office said the government would also continue to uphold the Federal Constitution and the agreed upon social contract enshrined within.

“The Pakatan Harapan government will not be ratifying the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

“The government will continue to uphold the Federal Constitution, in which the social contract was agreed upon by representatives of all races in the formation of this country,” read the statement.

NST

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KUALA LUMPUR— Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is among several prominent personalities who will be summoned for questioning as police investigate racially and religiously provocative statements that have viralled through social media.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said 160 complaints have been filed in the last two weeks over incendiary speeches.

“Some of the reports were tied to him, hence why we are calling him in,” he said of Zahid.

“We have been analysing trends on social media as of late, which have revealed widespread racial and religious sentiments being played up,” Noor Rashid told a news conference at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman today.

Others on the list include Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office P. Wathya Moorthy, Malay rights group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah, NGO group Gagasan 3 chairman Ragvinder Singh @ Reggie Jessy, his deputy Amran Ahmad Nor, Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong, and Tras assemblyman Chow Yu Hui.

Also included are Muhamad Edi Mohamad Riyars, popularly known as Edi Rejang whose video insulting a beer promoter went viral last week, and Alan Lau Shan Thean, whose video response to Edi in which he insulted the Malay community also went viral.

Noor Rashid said the police are investigating the viralled messages under Sections 504, 505, and 506 of the Penal Code, which deal with intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, statements conducive to public mischief, and criminal intimidation respectively.

“As police, we must control and maintain the peace and security of the country alongside our duties of enforcing the law, lest such sensitivities disrupt our social fabric,” the senior policeman said.
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He also said the organisers of the anti-International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination protest rally planned for December 8 at Dataran Merdeka have notified the authorities that they will apply for a permit.

But he added that the police will also call the organisers for an interview.

“We will call them in for interviews to ascertain that the rally will abide by the laws and regulations, and that it will be conducted peacefully.

“Should anything occur, we have made it clear they will be held responsible in the event,” Noor Rashid said.

malay mail

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If Kit Siang lived in those countries that he mentioned — Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Algeria, etc. — he would have been killed many years ago.

Lim Kit Siang has asked Abdul Hadi Awang, the PAS President, why PAS refuses to ratify the ICERD when 55 of 57 other Muslim countries where 99% or 1.9 billion of the Muslims live have (READ MORE BELOW).

What a stupid question! The answer to that is actually very simple. In those 55 of 57 other Muslim countries where 99% or 1.9 billion of the Muslims live, the non-Muslims do not have political power and have no say in how the country is run. Furthermore, the non-Muslims in those countries do not oppose the Islamic Shariah laws or Hudud like they do in Malaysia.
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In short, the non-Muslims in those 55 of 57 other Muslim countries where 99% or 1.9 billion of the Muslims live do not challenge Islam or insist that those countries are turned into secular countries, and so on, like the non-Muslims in Malaysia do.

In Malaysia, the non-Muslims openly challenge Islam and insist that Malaysia is a secular country (meaning religious laws such as Biblical or Qur’anic laws are unconstitutional). The non-Muslims accept Islamic laws and do not kurang ajar and call them barbaric and uncivilised laws like the non-Muslims in Malaysia do.

Those Muslim countries which have ratified the ICERD that Kit Siang proudly talks about also have Hudud and beheadings for non-Muslims

Kit Siang quotes Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Algeria, etc., as Muslim countries that have ratified the ICERD. If Kit Siang can also accept the Islamic system in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Algeria, etc., where people like him who challenge Islam or the Shariah are put to death, then PAS can ratify the ICERD.

If Kit Siang lived in those countries that he mentioned — Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Algeria, etc. — he would have been killed many years ago.

 

(The Sun Daily) – If ratification of International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) means a condemnation of the Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, why 48 of 50 countries where Muslims make up a majority of the population have ratified ICERD, Lim Kit Siang asked today.

He posted this question to PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang who said that all Muslims must oppose the ratification of ICERD.

Lim Kit Siang pointed out to him that ICERD had been ratified by countries representing 99% of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world, including countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAB, Algeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

“While we wait for an answer from the PAS President, Hadi can also explain why 55 of the 57 countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) States have ratified ICERD, except for Malaysia and Brunei,” Lim said in a statement today.

“Is there a suggestion that somehow the 99% the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims, who live in 55 of the 57 OIC countries, have been misled and not as Muslim as Hadi would want them to be?

“If ratification of ICERD means a condemnation of the Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, can Hadi explain why 48 of 50 countries where Muslims make up a majority of the population have ratified ICERD?

NO HOLDS BARRED 

Raja Petra Kamarudin

MALAYSIA TODAY

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KUALA LUMPUR― Troublemakers are taking advantage of divided public opinion over the proposed ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim asserted today.

The deputy Inspector-General of Police said 150 complaints have been filed and analysis of some of the issues raised show an attempt to cash in on the hot potato to stir up racial and religious sensitivities within the melting pot that is Malaysia.

“We’ve analysed some of the viralled issues, and they are deliberately playing up sensitive issues to create provocation,” he told reporters at the police training centre here.

Noor Rashid said police will be calling in several people to record their statements for investigation into the complaints over ICERD soon, but declined to give a time frame.

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“I cannot say when they would be called in, but it will be in the near future,” he said.

The senior policeman warned Malaysians against stoking racial tensions, saying stern action will be taken to protect public order.

However, he said police will help to facilitate a planned rally opposing the ICERD at Dataran Merdeka on December 8 if the organisers were cooperative.

“I would like to remind them that the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 must be obeyed and whatever actions the organisers take must be within the boundaries of the law,” he said.

FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

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22 November 2018

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21 November 2018

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Don’t take advantage of debate for your own agenda, cops warn instigators Islamist coalition Ummah, Umno, and PAS are organising an anti-ICERD protest on December 8. had previously warned of Malay “running amok” over the ratification.

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Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun has reminded all quarters to not break the law while protesting the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).

In a statement today, Fuzi said that although the rakyat has the right to express support or dissent against issues, such expression must be made within the confines of the law.

“It should abide by the law and never go overboard to the extent of offending the sensitivities of ethnic and religious groups in the country.

“All quarters are urged to use the right channels to voice their opinions, and in doing so, abide by the law at all times, including when holding rallies,” he said.

Fuzi’s statement came amid the preparation by opposition parties Umno and PAS to hold mass rallies to protest the Pakatan Harapan government’s intention to sign and ratify Icerd.

One such rally will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8, while at the state level, the Negeri Sembilan chapter of the two parties will be holding a similar protest at the state mosque this Friday.

De facto Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa yesterday urged protesters in the upcoming rally to refrain from inciting racial and religious tension.

Respect the government’s stance

Fuzi further cautioned people from issuing statements that can be seen as a threat to national security, in regard to the Icerd.

“We have to be confident with the government’s commitment to consult all stakeholders before deciding to ratify the Icerd.

“The Royal Malaysian Police will do its duty to safeguard public security and ensure there are no laws broken or attempts by any quarters to take advantage of this issue to benefit their own agenda,” he said.

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