Police to allow Saturday’s peace gathering over Christchurch attack, but only in the AM

Flowers, messages and flags of New Zealand and Malaysia are seen at the memorial site for the victims of Friday’s shooting, outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019. — Reuters pic
Flowers, messages and flags of New Zealand and Malaysia are seen at the memorial site for the victims of Friday’s shooting, outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — The police said today it will allow tomorrow’s Peace, Solidarity Rally in Kuala Lumpur, despite not meeting the 10-day notice requirement.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said organisers can proceed with the “peace rally” at Dataran Merdeka, but only from 7.30am to 11am.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa had proposed for the rally back on Monday, which was too short for the 10-day notice required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

The rally is aimed at condemning last Friday’s shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand by an accused white supremacist. A Malaysian teenager was among the 50 killed. 

The minister is currently in New Zealand for an official visit, planned hours after Malaysian Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi, 17, was pronounced dead by New Zealand authorities early Thursday morning.

Muhammad Haziq was among the 50 people killed in the March 15 attack on the mosques by an alleged white supremacist gunman. Muhammad Haziq’s father, Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, and two other Malaysians, Muhammad Nazril Hisham Omar and Rahimi Ahmad, were also injured in the massacre. 

Mujahid was there to personally thank the New Zealand government, which received worldwide praise for how it responded to the shooting.

Bernama reported that the minister met several Malaysians based in Christchurch and officials from Wellington. Accompanying him was the Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo. 

Tomorrow’s rally is meant to bring people from all walks of life together in a show of solidarity with the victims of the massacre.