To­day’s rally is a go, in­sists Pakatan

IGP: There are rea­sons why the po­lice are against the venue for the rally

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By M. KU­MAR

ku­mar@thes­tar.com.my KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Hara­pan is adamant about go­ing ahead with its planned rally at Padang Timur in Pe­tal­ing Jaya al­though po­lice are firmly re­ject­ing the venue.

Amanah Youth vice-chief Faiz Fadzil said the or­gan­is­ers will pro­ceed with the rally to­day in ac­cor­dance with plans made two months ago.

“(Pub­lic­ity for) the event has gone vi­ral so the po­lice should have known about it from the be­gin­ning.

“As far as the rally’s le­gal­ity is con­cerned, it is le­git­i­mate be­cause the venue owner, the Pe­tal­ing Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, has granted a per­mit.

“The po­lice should fa­cil­i­tate our event in ac­cor­dance with the Peace­ful As­sem­bly Act,” Faiz said.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said there are rea­sons why po­lice are against the venue for the rally.

He said 27 po­lice re­ports have been lodged against the gath­er­ing.

“It is the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil’s right to ap­prove the use of the venue as its owner but we will not budge from our de­ci­sion,” he told a press con­fer­ence at the Po­lice Train­ing Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

“I am not go­ing to call it il­le­gal but you all know what it means when they do not have a per­mit (from the po­lice),” he said.

He added that there were other is­sues, like traf­fic con­ges­tion, to con­sider.

Fuzi said the rally could be held at the Ke­lana Jaya Sta­dium in­stead.

“If pos­si­ble, they should hold it there. It will be more organised and eas­ier for the or­gan­is­ers and us to con­trol the crowd.

“If they don’t ac­cept our sug­ges­tion, it is up to them,” Fuzi said, adding that po­lice would take ac­tion in ac­cor­dance with the law.

He was speak­ing af­ter a hand­ing over of du­ties cer­e­mony that saw Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Ab­dul­lah Sani tak­ing over as Bukit Aman Strate­gic and Tech­nol­ogy Re­sources De­part­ment direc­tor.

Comm Datuk Amar Singh re­placed him as Bukit Aman Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment direc­tor.

About a video clip al­leg­ing an ex­tra mar­i­tal af­fair be­tween a se­nior Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cer and a mar­ried woman, Fuzi said a po­lice re­port has been lodged and the al­le­ga­tion will be in­ves­ti­gated.

The three-minute clip, up­loaded to YouTube, claims a cou­ple di­vorced on Sept 28 at the Ulu Klang lower syariah court be­cause of the wife’s al­leged af­fair with the MACC of­fi­cer.

Sev­eral pictures of the of­fi­cer, woman and her fam­ily were shown in the video.

Faiz speak­ing to me­dia af­ter sub­mit­ting a mem­o­ran­dum at Is­tana Ne­gara. Ral­ly­ing on:

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