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), the deputy prime minister said today.
“DBKL has issued a letter denying them (Bersih and Red Shirts) permission to gather there so if they still went ahead and gather, PDRM will step in to act on both parties,” Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters.
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 and Red Shirts are actually registered with SSM (Companies Commission of Malaysia) and not with the RoS, so SSM can, in fact, take action against them for breaching its laws for gathering at the streets.
“And as I have informed earlier, KDN (Home Ministry) and the police do not approve the gathering by these groups,” he said.
Yesterday, Zahid announced the government’s decision to prohibit both groups from gathering despite both serving a 10-day notice with the police in accordance with the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
He explained that the venue suggested by Bersih 2.0 was on the prohibited list of venues under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
Under the Act, parties are only required to submit a notice of their intention to gather at a said location with the authorities 10 days before.
Zahid’s announcement yesterday came shortly after DBKL’s decision to reject the applications of Bersih and the Red Shirts to gather at Dataran Merdeka.
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.
The street demonstration is scheduled to take place at Dataran Merdeka, with two meeting points for protesters to gather at — Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara — before heading to the historic square.
Red Shirts leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunus told Malay Mail Online yesterday that his movement will shift its November 5 rally to Malaysiakini’s office in Petaling Jaya to protest against the news portal receiving funds from US magnate George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Source : A. RUBAN@The Malay Mail Online