KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’ rally in the city planned for Sept 16 must comply with the law.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman said the stand was made after evaluating the views made by all BN component parties.
“We have discussed this at length. Some expressed concern and said Sept 16 is unsuitable.
“I respect the views expressed by our friends in BN,” he told reporters after chairing the BN Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato Onn here, last night.
The two-hour meeting was the first BN Supreme Council meeting since the Cabinet reshuffle on July 28.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today gave permission to the organiser to hold the ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’ rally at Padang Merbok.
However, Najib said if the rally was held, it must comply with the law, get the venue approved and comply with police directives.
“All laws must be observed including the Sedition Act and the posters must not raise racial sentiments.”
He also reminded that the rally should avoid conflict which can threaten security since Sept 16, 1963 marked the establishment of Malaysia.
“There must not be any conflict. Police will ensure strict control,” he said.
Najib and BN component party leaders will be in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Sept 16 to celebrate Malaysia Day.
Najib said all Malaysians should express comradeship and celebrate the historic day.
On the haze situation in the country, Najib said the government already had in place guidelines based on the Air Pollutants Index (API) and would act accordingly.
An API of between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 to 100 (medium), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and 300 and above (hazardous).