The #TangkapMO1 rally will proceed at Dataran Merdeka despite not receiving approval from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), organisers said today.
Rally organiser Anis Syafiqah argued that they have followed the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 by notifying the police about the August 27 rally and said Dataran Merdeka is a convenient gathering place for demonstrators using public transport.
“We are only gathering for about two to three hours. We have also publicised the event for all to gather at Dataran Merdeka. We cannot change as it will confuse the demonstrators,” Anis, who is a member of the #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 youth group, told Malay Mail Online.
Anis further said the group will continue to negotiate with DBKL, but will proceed to hold their protest at the historic square even if they still don’t get approval.
“But we (are) still in negotiation process with DBKL. Because we have sent notice about the rally to both police and DBKL. And it fulfils the Peaceful Assembly Act. We (will) not give up to go for further negotiation,” she said.
“But if DBKL still do not give permission, we will just proceed as we have (followed) the PAA to give notice about the rally.”
KL mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz confirmed with Malay Mail Onlinethat DBKL will not allow the demonstration to be held at Dataran Merdeka.
“Not at Dataran. At Padang Merbok,” he said.
The rally seeks to press for action on an individual labelled “Malaysian Official 1” that was named in a recent civil suit by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that seeks to seize over US$1 billion (RM3.99 billion) in assets allegedly purchased with money stolen from state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
In its lawsuit, the DOJ identified “Malaysian Official 1” as a high-ranking government official with authority in 1MDB, but wasn’t named.
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