Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah is set to meet with police on Thursday on the upcoming Bersih 5 rally.
Speaking at a press conference at Bersih 2.0 headquarters today, Maria said the meeting would take place at 11am at the Dang Wangi police station.
Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said they have no qualms about obtaining a permit for the rally because under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, a gathering only requires notification to the police.
“We only have to notify the police and their responsibility is to facilitate the rally.”
Bersih 2.0 today announced two meeting points for participants for the rally on Nov 19 – Dataran Maybank in Jalan Bangsar and Masjid Negara.
Participants will then converge at Dataran Merdeka. The rally will start at 10am and end at 6pm.
Bersih 2.0 deputy chairperson Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari said it had already submitted the required 10-day notice to the Brickfields, Dang Wangi, Bukit Aman and the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.
Shahrul said if protesters were blocked from entering Dataran Merdeka, they would head towards the nearest venues available to them.
“We can still assemble around Dataran Merdeka,” he said.
Chin said the police would have to play their role in the rally, noting that the Red Shirts group may make an appearance.
Shahrul reminded protesters to remain peaceful on the rally day even if they were attacked or provoked by the Red Shirts.
Steering committee member Hishamuddin Rais remained confident of the crowd turnout, noting that the recent nationwide convoy had shown tremendous support towards the Bersih 2.0 movement.
He also said they were positive that Malay participation would increase significantly, noting that former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s presence in the Bersih 2.0 campaign had brought about a positive impact.
The Bersih 5 rally will also see 47 cities across the world under the Global Bersih network having simultaneous assemblies on Nov 19.
Source : Tarrence Tan@FMT Reporters Online