Authorities should not block the Bersih 5 rally on November 19 as all preconditions for its organisation have been met, Bersih 2.0 insisted today.
In a statement, Bersih 2.0’s steering committee said that it had personally delivered the 10-day notice required under Section 9 of the under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
“We would like to stress that it is not a permit or permission to hold the rally. No permit for a peaceful rally is required under the PAA 2012,” the statement read.
Bersih 2.0 also refuted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement that the group did not submit notices for their nationwide convoys, calling it untrue and baseless.
“Bersih 2.0 would also like to point out that the Home Ministry does not have the power to ban Bersih (or the red shirts), as Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi suggested. The ministry has no jurisdiction under the PAA 2012 or the Societies Act 1966 to do so and the ban would be unconstitutional,” it said.
Bersih 2.0 also assured KL Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz that it will comply with City Hall’s (DBKL) order and will not enter Dataran Merdeka on the day of the rally.
“We will, however, ‘stubbornly’ go on with our rally in the vicinity of the area,” it said.
The Bersih 5 rally by the polls reform group seeks 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.
Source : The Malay Mail Online