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Planned Bersih 4.0 Rally Deemed Illegal – KL Police Chief

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KUALA LUMPUR – The planned Bersih 4.0 public gathering this weekend in the federal capital is deemed prohibited or illegal as the organisers have failed to meet a condition in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said based on Section 9 of the Act, the organisers must obtain the permission of the owner of the venues they planned to hold the rally.

However, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has stood firm to not allowing the rally be held in the city, particularly Dataran Merdeka and Dataran DBKL and the surrounding areas.

“We will take stern action (against the rally participants) under the existing legal provisions. We have laws, so respect the laws,” he said at a joint news conference with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin, here, today.

Tajuddin said police had no problem with assisting the rally organisers if they fully followed the law and hold the planned rally at a closed area such as a stadium, as suggested by Mhd Amin.

Meanwhile, Mhd Amin reiterated DBKL’s stand of not allowing the Bersih 4.0 rally to be held at Dataran Merdeka and Dataran DBKL.

He said DBKL was instead prepared to allow the organisers to use Titiwangsa Stadium, which is under the care of DBKL, for the rally or to assist them in applying for use of the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil to the National Sports Council or the Merdeka Stadium, to Permodalan Nasional Berhad. – BERNAMA

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