KUALA LUMPUR – The government today warned that Bersih 5.0 and the Red Shirts group are disallowed from holding any gatherings and they will have to face the law if they do so.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government made the decision because it did not want a clash between the two groups.
Ahmad Zahid said the venue of the gathering for which notice was given by Bersih or the Yellow Shirts group was on the prohibited list of venues in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 despite the notice having been given 10 days prior to the event.
“As was specified in the statement issued by Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin (Abdul Aziz), Kuala Lumpur City Hall does not allow the venue to be used.
“As such, the police have decided that the decision of KL City Hall must be adhered to and advises the two groups against organising any gathering as stated by me in the Dewan Rakyat today,” he told reporters at the lobby of Parliament House.
The Red Shirts had planned a gathering at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday while Bersih 5.0 intended to have one on Nov 19. – BERNAMA