KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — All movement into and out of the city will be under police monitoring from midnight tomorrow, ahead of the Saturday mass rally planned by Umno and PAS to protest the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) at Dataran Merdeka.
City police chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said six roads connected to Jalan Raja and surrounding the historic square will also be closed from 6am Saturday to facilitate the public demonstration.
“Dang Wangi police headquarters approved the gathering on December 4 after Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan gave the green light for a gathering to oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination to be held in the city this weekend,” he said in a news conference today.
Mazlan declined to disclose the number of police personnel that will be deployed to keep public order on that day.
Instead, he gave an assurance that there will be enough police to ensure the rally proceeds smoothly.
He confirmed the anti-riot Federal Reserve Unit will also be deployed when asked.
“Of course, but it will just to be on standby,” he said.
The senior policeman urged anti-ICERD organisers and participants to follow the regulations laid down in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Mazlan also advised the public to take note of the road closures on Saturday and avoid them if possible.