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KUALA LUMPUR – Police are advising the public to stay away from the Bersih 4.0 rally planned to be held in the city centre this weekend because laws will be broken if it proceeds.

Dang Wangi police chief, ACP Zainol Samah said anyone participating in the rally which does not meet requirements under the Peaceful Assemblies Act 2012 risk being arrested.

“This is because the rally does not meet conditions under Section 11 of the Act for not getting permission from the owner of the venue (Dataran Merdeka) where it is to be held.

“Pursuant to this, police also wish to remind parents or guardians not to bring children to the assembly because this is an offence under Section 20 (1)(c) of the same Act,” he told a press conference at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here today.

Earlier, talks between the police and the organiser (of the rally) to call it off failed to reach any consensus.

Zainol said the organisers were still stubborn about proceeding with the rally.

“Police had advised the organisers not to hold it at Dataran Merdeka because the organising committee of the National Day 2015 celebrations had sought prior permission to use the venue.

“Under Section 17(2)(a) (of the Peaceful Assemblies Act 2012) two rallies cannot be held at the same venue simultaneously,” he said.

Meanwhile, asked about plans by Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia (a coalition of pro-government non-governmental organisations) to hold a rally called “Bersih 4 Keamanan” as a mark of protest against the Bersih 4.0 rally this Saturday at Plaza Low Yat here, Zainol said police would investigate this new development.

Meanwhile, Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairman of the Bersih 4.0 organising committee, said the 34-hour rally would go ahead as planned and gave an assurance that the participants would disperse by Merdeka eve this Sunday (Aug 30). – BERNAMA

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