KUALA LUMPUR — More police reports have been lodged over the planned ‘overthrow government’ rally in the capital on the New Year’s eve.
They are from, among others, Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (Gabungan), the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), Sabah Native Affairs Council (MHEANS), Kunak People’s Development Leader Unit (UPKR) and Umno divisions.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Gabungan deputy president Datuk Mohd Alias Abdul said the planned rally would not only tarnish the country’s image among tourists who wished to join the New Year’s eve celebration, but would also disrupt taxi services.
“Taxi drivers will likely turn away those who want to go to designated protest zones while ordinary people and tourists might steer clear of the capital, much to our dismay,” he told reporters after lodging a report at the Dang Wangi Police District Headquarters here today.
PPIM activist Mohd Mustafa Hamzah said illegal street protests in the country rarely ended peacefully.
“More often than not, illegal rallies ended with rowdyism while businesses and public transport services disrupted and the people’s safety threatened,” he added.
In KUNAK (Sabah), OKK district chief Hussin Pg Ombit, who represents about 50 grassroots, community and village leaders, said the security forces should take stern action against the organisers and participants of the rally.
He lodged a report at the Kunak Police District Headquarters here today.
In PUTRAJAYA, Putrajaya Umno Youth division chief Ahmad Faisal Abd Karim said action should be taken either today or tomorrow as many police reports had already been lodged against the anti-government illegal assembly.
“We strongly condemn this illegal gathering as it will disrupt public order,” he told reporters before handing over a memorandum to a representative from the Home Ministry here today.
Meanwhile, Persatuan Jaringan Kasih Ixora Putrajaya chairman Zarina Ismail said the Home Ministry should take immediate action against those involved as the police had identified four organisations behind the planned rally.
“Take leaders of Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia, Jingga 13 and Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun) to task,” she added.
In KINABATANGAN (Sabah), Kinabatangan Upko Youth and Wanita Umno divisions lodged police reports at the Kinabatangan Police District Headquarters.
Kinabatangan Upko Youth chief Aksyah Nasrah described the action as uncalled for as the government had been given the mandate by the people while Wanita Umno Kinabatangan chief Aminah Johan said the action was an attempt to disrupt harmony and peace built over the years.
Beluran Puteri Umno chief Julie Sabran also filed a report at the Beluran police station.
In KULAIJAYA (Johor), Johor CID chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said Johor police had
received 172 reports against the planned rally.
“We have sent all reports to Bukit Aman,” he told reporters after witnessing the handing over of duty to newly appointed Kulaijaya police chief Supt Ruslan Khalid by former district chief Supt Zulkefly Yahya who is transferred to Bukit Aman, here today.
Hasnan said the police had not receive any information on the possibility that a similar rally would be held in Johor and urged the people not to get involve in such gathering.
In IPOH, Ipoh Barat Puteri Umno division lodge police reports against the planned ‘overthrow government’ rally in Kuala Lumpur and ‘Jom Lepak Santai Tolak GST’ programme at Dataran KTM tomorrow.
Its chief, Isfarina Mohd Bali claimed that the planned anti-GST programme at Dataran KTM was allegedly planned by Perak Keadilan Youth as an attempt to cause havoc based on the pamphlets distributed.
Claiming that the programme is similar in nature to the planned rally in Kuala Lumpur, she said the pamphlets carried false or misleading information on the GST (goods and services tax) to exploit the people’s emotion and inflame hatred towards the government.
“I fear for the worst if parents were to take along their children to illegal assembly,” she said after lodging the reports.
In JOHOR BAHARU, Johor Wanita Umno chief Datuk Sharifah Azizah Syed Zain has called on the authorities to arrest the organisers behind the planned rally as it was aimed at causing upheaval.
“It is time to take action against those involved as we have tolerated them for so long,” he told reporters after chairing the movement’s meeting.
In ALOR GAJAH, Alor Gajah Puteri Umno division chief Azniza Ahmad Khuzar said the planned assembly was a sheer waste of time and it would be better for those intending to join to spend their time with their family.
“Young people need to think about their family and loved ones. Do not fall to the trickery of the organisers,” he told reporters after leading 15 representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to lodge police reports at the Alor Gajah Police District Headquarters.
Among them are Yayasan Angin Ahmar Melaka, 4B Youth Movement, Majlis Gabungan Belia Melaka (MGBM), Majlis Gerakan Belia Daerah Alor Gajah, Pahlawan Maya Melaka and Alor Gajah Single Mothers Association.
In BUTTERWORTH, 13 NGOs led by Sungai Dua assemblyman Muhammad Yusoff Mohd Noor lodged reports at the Sungai Dua police station.
Among them are Kelab Tumpang Hidup Tasek Gelugor, Tasek Gelugor 4B Movement, Pekida and Rukun Tetangga Tasek Gelugor.