KUALA LUMPUR: Umno MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said that the rally against the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on Dec 8 is expected to see more than 500,000 protestors taking to the streets.
Tajuddin made the estimates based on Umno’s plans to mobilise 200,000 of its members to the rally, about 300,000 from Pas and roughly 50,000 from civil society organisations.
“So you can expect about 500,000 people who will gather in white shirts. KL will be covered in white. We will make it white this Saturday,” said the Pasir Salak MP to reporters during a press conference in Parliament, here today.
Tajuddin, who’s also Umno’s co-ordinator for the anti-ICERD rally, urged members to turn up in droves on Saturday in their own transportation in order to avoid traffic congestion.
“Drive your own car, that will be the easiest way of transportation. I hope the media can highlight this so all Umno members across the country can come,” he said.
On Monday, the anti-ICERD rally, which is now dubbed a thanksgiving protest since the government decided not to ratify the treaty, was organised by several pro-Muslim-Malays NGOs got the go ahead from the authorities to hold a gathering around Jalan Raja from 2pm - 6pm on Dec 8.
Meanwhile Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that the party expected to mobilise between 300,000 and 350,000 supporters for the rally.
He said 1,000 Badan Amal volunteers would be around to help in safety aspects.
“We have also told participants to use their phones to record any incidents of provocation. The footage will then be handed over to the police for further action,” he told reporters in Parliament lobby today.
Tuan Ibrahim said Pas had not printed any T-shirts for the purpose and supporters were free to come in their own attire.
He further expressed confidence that the rally would be peaceful as it was a gathering to celebrate the government’s decision not to ratify the convention.
“There is no need to worry as this has nothing to do with race and is a national issue,” he added.