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It's all about face, analysts say about anti-ICERD rally

The rally against the ICERD will take place tomorrow, despite the government's decision not to ratify the UN Convention.

PETALING JAYA: Political analysts have dismissed the demonstration against a UN treaty tomorrow as just a way for PAS and Umno to 'save face & # 39; and to prove its relevance in defending the rights of the Malays and Islam.

Awang Azman Awang Pawi of Universiti Malaya said that the ongoing harping at the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), which Putrajaya has decided not to ratify, would be the support of conservative Muslims for the two parties.

"Umno and PAS also want to be seen as an opposition that will have a voice on any issue, otherwise they will no longer be relevant on the national scale in terms of politics," he told FMT.

He added that the rally was also a way for them to show a show of political strength and to prove that they still had followers after their defeat in the May 9 polls.

The anti-ICERD meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, from 2 PM to 6 PM. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has given the green light for the rally, although the DBKL headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut will be closed during this period.

On Wednesday, the experienced news editor A Kadir Jasin, special advisor to the media and communications premier, said in a blog post that PAS and Umno used the rally as a "benchmark" to see who is exerting more influence.

Like Awang Azman, Kadir said that both PAS and Umno had no choice but to use every available opportunity to gain political profits after their grisly loss at the general election.

He also said that the rally would bring PAS and Umno together, despite views that it is an expression of the competition between the two pro-Islam parties.

Political geostrategist Azmi Hassan from Universiti Teknologi Perdana School in Malaysia said that a previous demonstration on the issue already showed that Umno and PAS had the necessary support to defeat Putrajaya.

"I agree with Kadir that the rally is a show, not between PAS and Umno, but about how these parties can impose loyalty, not only from their supporters, but also from Muslims in general."

Azmi said while it was now the norm for PAS and Umno to work together, they needed a common cause to bind them together.

"In this case the ICERD (worked in that sense)," he added.

He believed that the rally should continue because both parties invested a lot of time and money in it.

Oh Egg Sun of the Pacific Research Center also agreed that the continuation of the anti-ICERD rally was a show of power despite the irrelevance of the original goal.

"The nature of Malaysian politics is such that in addition to money, which is attractive to a large number of voters, there must be a strong force to convince them that the wind is blowing in a certain direction, and that they can better capture the wind tail. "

Analyst James Chin of the University of Tasmania warned in the meantime that if PAS and Umno were able to collect 100,000 people – 400,000 less than their stated goal – Putrajaya "must be ready for a major political fight".

"The big fear is that some elements will use it to start a riot," he said, adding that the pro-human rights celebration that had to be attended by government officials on the same day had to attract similar numbers.

Umno, PAS and pro-Malaysian rights group Perkasa have all supported the anti-ICERD rally. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia holds a pro-human rights celebration in Petaling Jaya on the same day. The event is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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