KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth has urged all participants of the gathering against the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on Dec 8 to wear white as a symbol of harmony and peace.
Its chief, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, said participants have also been told not to bring any party political logo, only the Malaysian flag.
“The gathering is a manifestation of the people’s love for peace. We urge everyone to wear white to promote love, harmony and peace.
“This is a peaceful gathering and Umno Youth will not compromise with any form of provocation and attempts to play up racial sentiments. We will send agent provocateurs to the police ourselves,” he said at a press conference after chairing an Umno Youth meeting at Menara Dato Onn here today.
The Prime Minister’s Office had said in statement that the government will not be ratifying ICERD and will continue to safeguard the Federal Constitution and social contract which has been agreed upon by the representatives of all races during the formation of the country.
Asyraf said Umno Youth’s Briged Kesatria Muda and Jabatan Amal Pas would be in charge of ensuring safety and security during the gathering.
He also said Umno Youth deputy chief Shahril Sufian Hamdan has been appointed head of the Umno Youth and Barisan Nasional machinery for the Rantau by-election.
“Even though Umno has not made a decision yet to appeal against the decision to nullify the results of the Rantau seat during the 14th General Elction, Umno Youth will be ready to face a by-election,” he said.