Najib Says He Feels "Touched" By A Man Who Cycled 170KM To Attend The Anti-ICERD Rally

The man undertook the journey from Kampar to KL.

Cover image via Reuters & Nasir Seligi/Facebook (edited)

Friday evening, Najib Razak uploaded a video on his Facebook page of a man who is cycling from Kampar to Kuala Lumpur to attend the anti-ICERD rally happening in Dataran Merdeka today

The video was uploaded with a caption in which Najib wrote that he feels "touched" by the man's spirit who is cycling to be with him at the rally in Dataran Merdeka.

Najib hoped that the man's long trip will be easier and he will meet him today.

Who is the man in the video?

According to a Facebook post by a PAS volunteer, the man in the video is Afidzul Ariffin, a 52-year-old from Kampar who is also known to his friends as 'Pak Long'.

Afidzul is undertaking the 170km journey for the sake of religion, race and country.

"Dear Allah, ease my journey and strengthen my resolve until I reach my destination.

"For the sake of your religion, and for the ummah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), I beseech you to protect all the adherents who are heading to the same destination to defend your religion," Afidzul was reported as saying by Malaysiakini.

Afidzul, who began his cycle journey from Kampar at 4am on Friday, urged others to attend the anti-ICERD rally to make a stand

"Don't give excuses. Show up (at the gathering)...

"For the sake of religion, race and country, we have to fight them to the end. (But) not in a rough manner," Malaysiakini reported Pak Long as saying.

According to the Facebook post by PAS volunteer, Pak Long has reached KL.

Pak Long's journey, however, had a minor hiccup when he was stopped by police in Bidor over a black flag attached to his bicycle

"I am flying the flag of 'tauhid'. It feels like the age of Muhammad.

"But when passing Bidor, the police pulled me over. He (the officer) told me I cannot fly the flag. I asked why and he said it was like the Islamic State flag.

"I protested… then he explained that certain quarters might get the wrong impression because of the colour of the flag," he said, according to Malaysiakini's report.

Meanwhile, Najib, who is expected to deliver a speech at the rally, arrived at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) around 1.30pm to perform the Zohor prayers before heading out to Dataran Merdeka

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