The police will act against rally organisers from Pakatan Harapan, as well as against red shirts leader Jamal Yunos, if they break the law
KUALA LUMPUR: The police today said that they had evaluated Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya and deemed it unsuitable as a venue to the opposition’s anti-kleptocracy rally on Saturday due to its proximity to an entry-exit point to the Federal Highway.
“We have met with the organisers, and informed them we cannot allow the rally to take place at this field as we have to ensure public safety, that traffic is not impacted, and the residents living nearby don’t suffer,” said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
Noor Rashid then went on to warn the organisers that appropriate action will be taken against them if they do not heed the police’s directive not to hold the rally at the field.
“What that appropriate action is, I cannot say because we want to see what the organisers are going to do,” he was quoted as saying in the Star Online today.
The deputy police chief also issued a warning to red shirts leader Jamal Yunos against interfering with the rally.
“We have also engaged with Jamal. If he does anything, we will see what offence he commits. If he violates a local government bylaw, we’ll ask local police to catch him.
“My advice to Jamal is, don’t disturb the rally, don’t cause any trouble and spark off unrest,” said Noor Rashid.
The ‘Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy’ rally is being organised by Pakatan Harapan on Oct 14. Sungai Besar Umno leader Jamal has said he plans a counter-rally by selling fish at the venue on the same day.
MBPJ has no objections
In another development, Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain has been reported as saying that the PJ City Council (MBPJ) has no issues in allowing for the rally to proceed at Padang Timur.
“We have no objections. We give permission to the organisers to have their rally at Padang Timur. No issues with us. We are the owners of that place,” he was quoted as saying in FMT newsportal today.
Mohd Azizi also said that MPBJ had not received any complaints from the locals against the rally.
He added that MBPJ personnel would also be at the venue on Saturday to manage traffic.
Meanwhile Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali was reported by FMT as saying that the organisers would be meeting with the police to seek approval for the rally.
“From what I know, they will continue their discussions with the police on safety and traffic issues, and on not disturbing the local residents,” he said.