‘Know free­dom’s con­se­quences’


KUALA LUMPUR: Ci­ti­zens have free­dom of as­sem­bly and also the free­dom to choose not to, said Ru­ral and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“Free­dom doesn’t mean we have to use that free­dom. We must know the con­se­quences of our ac­tions. Don’t just, for the sake of free­dom, do it and in the end it causes prob­lems.

“When the po­lice is­sue a warn­ing, surely they sense some­thing will hap­pen,” Ismail Sabri told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing a Mara en­gage­ment pro­gramme with bu­mipu­tra en­trepreneurs at the Premiera Ho­tel here.

He said in­ci­dents in the run-up to the rally showed that there could be po­ten­tial clashes be­tween the Ber­sih group and the Red Shirts move­ment on Satur­day.

Ismail Sabri said he agreed with In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s warn­ing that ac­tion will be taken against any­one who breaks the law.

Khalid on Tues­day said po­lice will not hes­i­tate to use tear gas and wa­ter can­nons against un­ruly pro­test­ers dur­ing the rally.

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