KUALA LUMPUR – A coalition of Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGO) is proposing to gather its supporters here this Saturday as a protest against Bersih 4.0 assembly which has been considered illegal by the police.
Its chairman, Datuk Jamal Md Yunos who heads the group dubbed ‘Bersih 4.0 Loves Peace’, said they viewed the holding of Bersih 4.0 as something which could mar the country’s image and harmony.
“We are firm in holding the gathering unless Bersih 4.0 organisers call off theirs,” he said in a ceremony attended by 25 NGOs here.
The NGOs included the Malay Army Veterans Association, Ex-Army Traders Association and the Mind and Social Care Organisation.
The Bersih 4.0 assembly planned for this weekend has been deemed illegal as it does not meet the conditions of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa had said earlier that based on Section 9 of the Act, the organisers needed to obtain the prior permission of owners of the four venues.
To date, Kuala Lumpur City Hall insisted on not allowing the assembly to be held at the federal capital, especially at the Merdeka Square and DBKL Square, as well as the surrounding areas, he said.
Meanwhile, an NGO, Salute Malaysia fears the assembly this weekend could adversely affect the country’s economy.
Its president, Muhamad Nur Aizat Noor Azam said riots could result in foreign investors losing confidence to invest in Malaysia.