Police have issued a warning that tougher action will be taken to maintain public order and ensure there is no clash between supporters of the rival Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts political movements.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police had taken a moderate approach so far but were willing to be more forceful.
Noor Rashid, who is in Bangkok to attend a Royal Thai Police event, said this following concerns about a possible clash between the Bersih supporters, who wear yellow t-shirts, and those of the pro-Umno Red Shirts movement.
Bersih activists have held a series of road convoys to publicise the need for reforms and for a street rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. They have faced challenges from the Red Shirts movement.
“So far we have been taking moderate action to curb such activities, we do not want to create an uncomfortable situation, but if this trend continues we will take a more forceful action,” he told Bernama here recently.
The Red Shirts, who are opposed to the Bersih 5 rally, have issued a warning that a counter gathering will be held, raising concerns about clashes between the two parties.
Recently, several incidents have occurred in which both sides have collided causing a commotion.
Police said they were not informed about the cause of the clashes between supporters of the two parties recently in Teluk Intan and Sabak Bernam.
“Investigations are ongoing and those who refuse to follow the rules and laws, will be subjected to appropriate action,” he said.
He called on any party that wanted to hold a rally or procession to adhere to the rules under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
However, so far, he said, the police have not received any application from either group to organise a rally or parade.
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