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Anti-ICERD rally is now void of reasoning


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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.

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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.

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Yok Foo Looi
25 Nov 2018 12.33pm

Very sad (and worrying) when racist religion become authoritarian, puritanical and anti-democracy

Conlay Chan KhungLei
25 Nov 2018 10.59am

Mahathir strategy always worked and make any resistance group clueless

Marcus Lim
25 Nov 2018 2.26am

How about making the celebration more interesting, like a parade or something?

Stella Perera
24 Nov 2018 10.35pm

Jail the Kleptocrats first then think about signing ICERD. otherwise they (may) instigate some brainless thugs to create violence. After all many countries which signed this are not enforcing equality so why give the thugs a bad reason to create discord.

Kam Chee Ng
24 Nov 2018 9.20pm

Pas and umno some leader try to use this topic to create trouble for the country.They never thought of loving the the country,they are playing fire… Those followers have to think twice before they joint the protest. Tun already sound his stand,I don’t understand all those protesters need? Want to turn the country upside down only you all are satisfy? For our next-generation and our beautiful country please don’t destroy. thanks

Jeremy Tankh
24 Nov 2018 7.46pm

Icerd has turn out to be a fuse that lights up a newly-discovered weapon, for PAS+UMNO.
Now the UMNO+PAS know their new weapon against PH government; take the street with the Malay-far-rights.
PH government will regret it, if this UMNO+PAS new-found “power”, is not contained or pushed back.

Richard Ng Ting Woong
24 Nov 2018 7.46pm

That is why the cops has to take affirmative action irrespective of who they are.

Skylar Hii
24 Nov 2018 7.43pm

Let them celebrate lor, why the need of armed forces? Is just a celebration nia ma.. no alcohol , so don’t think chaos will happen? But to avoid traffic jam, the celebration should be restricted to maximum 20/30 minutes ?

Skylar Hii
24 Nov 2018 7.44pm

And clear the rubbish upon finished??

Skylar Hii
24 Nov 2018 7.44pm

Impose fine for cincai cincai littering.

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