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Rally: Bersih 5.0 Is Yet To Fullfill Prerequisites – IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Bersih 5.0 group has yet to fulfill the prerequisites to organise any gathering on Nov 19, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid said the officers-in-charge of Dang Wangi and Brickfields police headquarters did receive notices from the organiser but both notices failed to comply with the prerequisites of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.

“Among others, both notices stated Dataran Merdeka as the venue for the assembly, but no consent letter from the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur was produced as required under Section 10 (C) and Section 11 of the PAA 2012,” he said in a statement today.

Khalid was responding to an article titled ‘Semua sudah dipatuhi, Bersih 5 Diteruskan’ published by an online portal today which stated that Bersih 5.0 would proceed with the rally as it had fulfilled the prerequisites of PAA 2012.

“To date, no notice regarding the change of venue has been submitted to the police,” he said.

Khalid said as no consent letter was obtained, the group was believed to have decided to hold the assembly outside Dataran Merdeka.

“If the organiser proceeds with the said assembly, it would be an offence of failure to give notice under PAA 2012.

“The organiser is also bound by the same procedure in organising Bersih convoy,” he added. – BERNAMA

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