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Police Chief: TikTok video calling for a racial rally on 8 December is old news from 4 years ago

A 2-minute video showing a man giving a racial speech and calling for a rally on 8 December went viral on TikTok recently.

According to Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, the video is a four-year-old video clip that has resurfaced on the Internet.

“Checks found that the video was recorded in 2018 during the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) issue.”

“The gathering in question is an anti-ICERD assembly that took place on 8 December 2018 at Dataran Merdeka,” he said in a statement today.

Arcyl then said that the police have not received any information about rallies that will be held by anyone on 8 December 2022 as sought to be portrayed.

Meanwhile, the IGP said that the police force is committed to ensuring public safety and said they will not hesitate to take firm action against anybody who was found to be holding any rallies or marches in open spaces that may threaten public peace.

Do not share false information

He also advised the public to not spread this video if they have received it.

“The cooperation of responsible social media users was necessary to prevent fake news from spreading,” he added.

“Any individual found spreading the video involved can face action in accordance with Section 505(b) of the Penal Code — making statements with intent likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 — inappropriate use of network facilities or applications service,” he said.

The 8 December 2018 rally was initially planned to protest against the Pakatan Harapan government’s plan to ratify or adopt ICERD — an international agreement to stop racial discrimination.

However, after the government drops the plan due to the huge backlash from the Malay Muslim community, the rally was rebranded as a “thanksgiving” rally.

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