Police have barred participants of the Bersih 5 rally this month from entering the field of Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Raja, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said.
News portal Malaysiakini reported Chin as saying that the directive however would not hinder the November 19 gathering, as they would proceed with the initial plan and converge near Dataran Merdeka.
“Police did not say whether we can rally [or] not, but we will proceed as announced, gather first at Dataran Maybank [on Jalan Bangsar], Masjid Negara and then head to Dataran Merdeka.
“But we will not enter the Dataran Merdeka field; we will only be near Dataran Merdeka,” she told reporters after a meeting with police at the Dang Wangi police headquarters to submit a notice of rally.
Jalan Raja is the road between the historic Dataran Merdeka and Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Chin added that the electoral group respected Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s request who yesterday had rejected both applications from Bersih 2.0 and Red Shirts movement to hold protests at Dataran Merdeka.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said earlier today that the police will take action on Bersih 2.0 and the Red Shirts movement if they insist on organising rallies at Dataran Merdeka despite not receiving approval from the venue owner, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Zahid, who is also home minister, said both groups were not registered with the Registrar of Society (RoS) and called for both to be gazetted as as “non-registered societies”.
Bersih 2.0 is slated to hold the fifth edition of its street protest on November 19 after a nationwide convoy tour for a month.
The Bersih 5 rally by the polls reform group urges for free and fair elections, a clean government and a stronger democracy.
Source : The Malay Mail Online