Today is a Saturday. On a normal Saturday, Kuala Lumpur would be bustling with activity, Saturday being a rest day for office workers and currently being the annual year-end school holiday. There are lots for the family to do in the city, places to take the children - for recreation, entertainment, food, the works.
But not today. KL is the venue to today's anti-ICERD rally.
The picture below, compliments of The Star, shows the road fronting Dataran Merdeka closed to vehicular traffic.
Many businesses in the vicinity have decided to close for business today in view of the crowd, estimated to be 500,000.
And the Prime Minister tells those attending anti-Icerd rally to celebrate democracy, not cause chaos.
The anti-Icerd rally will take place from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday (Dec 8) along Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur.
ICERD stands for International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination , It is a United Nations convention. The Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.
Malaysia is one of the nations that has yet to ratify it. The PM confirmed about a week ago that Malaysia will not ratify it. Despite that, the rally is still being called.
Ironically, a Suhakam-organised rally to celebrate Human Rights Day scheduled for today as well had been advised to be called off. It is later announced that it will take place tomorrow. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10.
Follow the rally LIVE..