Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged those attending the rally in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to observe peaceful conduct and avoid littering.
Mahathir said this was the sole request by his government to the rally organisers.
“The rally organisers must assist the police and the authorities … to ensure there is no breach of peace or damage to public property.
“If possible, do not litter and ensure cleanliness,” he said in a message posted on his Facebook page today.
Umno, PAS and several NGOs are holding a rally against the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) by Malaysia.
On Nov 23, cabinet had decided not to sign the treaty. However, rally organisers said they will proceed as planned and will bill the event as a “celebration” of the federal government’s decision.
Mahathir said if the gathering tomorrow was indeed to “give thanks”, then the federal government appreciated the support shown.
He said his administration will not obstruct the organisers of the rally because that would infringe the government’s democratic principles.
“I pray that the gathering goes smoothly without any disruptions. Let us celebrate democracy in Malaysia,” he said.
Malaysia is one of only two Muslim-majority countries in the world that have not ratified ICERD.