Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported by The Star today (5th December 2018) that he will be launching a pro-human rights rally on Saturday (8th December 2018) the same day as the anti-ICERD rally.
The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will be holding its pro-human rights rally themed “Stand Up 4 Human Rights”, a first for Suhakam. It will be in held in conjunction with International Human Rights Day that falls on Monday (10th December 2018)
Dr Mahathir and Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar is scheduled to speak at the rally.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 9am and ending at 3pm at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya, about 10km away from Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, where the “thanksgiving” rally against International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) will be held.
To mark the conclusion of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Human Rights Day is held.
Previously, the original purpose of the anti-ICERD rally was to protest the governments plan to ratify ICERD. However, when the government made an official statement that Malaysia will not be ratifying the convention, it became one of celebration and “thanksgiving”.
Umno and PAS expects the attendance of the anti-ICERD rally to be about 500,000 members and Kelantan announced a Public Holiday on the 9th December 2018 to facilitate and ease the people of Kelantan when they travel to attend the rally.