IGP: Obey law first

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KUALA LUMPUR: In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Seri Khalid Abu Bakar told Ber­sih 5 rally or­gan­is­ers to fol­low the law first be­fore ask­ing them for pro­tec­tion at their gath­er­ing to­mor­row.

“Peo­ple who want to ask for pro­tec­tion need to first abide by the law.

“If they don’t obey the law, how do we pro­tect them?” he said.

Khalid was re­spond­ing to a state­ment by Ber­sih ask­ing po­lice to keep the Red Shirts group in check dur­ing the rally.

“Both sides are not abid­ing by the law. If you are brave enough to do it, you should ac­cept the con­se­quences that come with it.”

He ques­tioned the mo­tive for the rally and re­it­er­ated that the po­lice will take what­ever mea­sures nec­es­sary in ac­cor­dance with the law to en­sure peace.

He added that both the move­ments should think of the rights of peo­ple the ral­lies will af­fect.

“What about the rights of the traders who will be los­ing busi­ness? What about those who want to come to the city cen­tre to visit? They will not be able to do so,” said Khalid.

On whether any ac­tion would be taken on Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Ja­mal Yunos for his hard­line ap­proach against the Ber­sih move­ment, Khalid replied: “Ac­tion will be taken, don’t worry about that.”

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