IGP: Obey law first
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.”