Patriot commends Deputy Inspector General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim on his recent public announcement to investigate all those that had been making speeches that are deemed provocative to incite public disorder relating to their opposition to the government’s proposed ratification of the International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The deputy police chief’s announcement should also serve to warn all others not to make such provocative speeches and statements in order to preserve public peace and to dispel rumour- mongering and fear of racial strife.
We believe all those who had been making such unwarranted hate speeches and statements had not seen nor experienced having to live in fear during the darkest period in the nation’s history ie the 1969 May 13 racial riots. Most who had lived through that dark period would not want to witness such catastrophic and horrendous scenes of destruction and burned bodies strewn across the streets of Kuala Lumpur ever again.
We members of Patriot who had served in the armed forces and the Malaysian police during that trying period in our nation’s history were witness to such horrendous scenes, and it is for this very reason we urge the organisers of the 8 December anti-ICERD rally, which is primarily a Malay-based rally, not to proceed with the event.
Rumours have been spread through various social media of an impending riot arising from the 8 December rally. The government has announced that the convention would not be ratified; so there is no reasonable justification for the rally to proceed.
The organisers now claim that the rally will still be held for a different reason ie to celebrate the non-ratification of the convention by the government. Patriot feels such a claim is irrational and void of reasoning.
In view of the organisers’ insistence on proceeding with the rally, coupled with the fear by the general public of a possible riot resulting from the rally, Patriot urges the chief of defence forces to come forward with a committed announcement that the armed forces will come forward to support the police if anything untoward occurs during the rally.
Such an announcement will give confidence to the general public that the safety and security of the nation is assured.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.