KUALA LUMPUR — November 17, 2016: Police has classified the Bersih 5.0 and Red Shirt rallies planned for Saturday in the city centre as illegal assemblies.
This is because both do not meet the legal provisions, especially the Peaceful Assembly Act. In view of this, police will act according to the law.
Bot sides did not get the approval of the venue owners, the first condition anyone must adhere to when planning to hold a rally.
“The organisers have been very adamant but the venue owners did not allow them to use the place, so they should look for another location.
“We respect the right to assemble but they need to respect the rights of traders and tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur, as these people also have rights,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said after he had opened an event at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters.
“We do not want Malaysia to become like Palestine… the peace in the country should be maintained.”
In this regard, Khalid said preparations have been carried out to prevent any untoward incidents from taking place.
“Police will ensure the country is peaceful, prosperous and orderly. If there are road closures, we will make the due announcements.”
At the function, Khalid presented RM50,000 collected from police personnel to Aman Palestin Berhad board member Hashimah Salleh. Aman Palestin undertakes humanitarian relief missions to Palestine. — Bernama