‘Hold rally else­where’

> Dataran Merdeka booked for an­other event, cops tell Red Shirts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM AND ADRIAN PHUNG

PETAL­ING JAYA: The Red Shirts have been told by po­lice to hold their rally else­where in­stead of Dataran Merdeka this Satur­day as an event is al­ready sched­uled to be held there.

Dang Wangi po­lice chief ACP Zainol Samah said Red Shirts leader Datuk Ja­mal Yunos had sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to hold the rally but the ap­pli­ca­tion was in­com­plete as they had not re­ceived ap­proval from the landowner.

“If they don’t get ap­proval from the landowner, how are they go­ing to hold the rally? There is an event to be held there this Satur­day,” he told theSun.

He said it was not up to the po­lice where the rally would be held, as long as they (Red Shirts) get the ap­proval in ac­cor­dance with the Peace­ful As­sem­bly Act 2012.

“We can only ad­vise them, and we have sug­gested two other venues as pos­si­ble re­place­ments – Padang Mer­bok or Sul­tan Su­laiman field – but they have not come back to us,” he said.

Ja­mal had an­nounced that the Red Shirts will hold a large-scale as­sem­bly at Dataran Merdeka this Satur­day in re­sponse to the Ber­sih 5.0 event set to take place on Nov 19.

Ja­mal had said he was ex­pect­ing 300,000 par­tic­i­pants com­pris­ing Malays, Chi­nese and In­di­ans to at­tend the rally to protest the Ber­sih gath­er­ing.

Mean­while, Ber­sih 2.0 said it was not wor­ried that the au­thor­i­ties would not grant the or­gan­i­sa­tion per­mis­sion to use Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19.

Its steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, Fa­diah Nadwa Fikri, said the elec­toral watch­dog had al­ready sub­mit­ted the 10-day no­tice re­quired un­der the Peace­ful As­sem­bly Act to the au­thor­i­ties.

“It is im­por­tant to re­mind ev­ery­one that the re­quire­ment un­der the Act is a no­ti­fi­ca­tion and not a per­mit or per­mis­sion from the au­thor­i­ties for any in­tended gath­er­ing. The part of seek­ing per­mis­sion or ap­proval has been abol­ished as it is in vi­o­la­tion of the rights for peace­ful as­sem­bly, hence, we only need to no­tify the au­thor­i­ties, and it is their duty to fa­cil­i­tate the as­sem­bly to en­sure it is trou­ble-free,” Fa­diah said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the group’s of­fice yes­ter­day.

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