KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun advised participants at the anti-International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) thanksgiving rally this afternoon not to create any provocation.
He said the police were on standby and prepared for any eventualities since yesterday.
He said about 5,000 people have gathered for the event at various locations in the city this morning, and he expected the number to increase by noon.
“We hope and pray no untoward incident happens. If the ICERD rally is not over by 6pm, PDRM will continue to monitor the situation until tomorrow morning,” he told a media conference after a mass circumcision involving 74 children which was organised by the police at the Bukit Aman Mosque here today.
Also present were Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim and Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd.
Last Thursday, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said six roads in the city would be closed from 6am to give space for the rally participants to gather in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Jalan Raja as well as to prevent traffic congestion.
The affected roads are Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (before the tunnel), Leboh Pasar, Jalan Tun Perak (starting from the Masjid Jamek LRT station), Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (near Sogo), Jalan Raja Laut (near Summit Hotel) and the Dato’ Onn roundabout (near Bank Negara).