The Bersih 5 rally will proceed as planned on Nov 19 said the electoral reform group despite warning from the police that the organisers call off the event.
In a statement released today, Bersih said they have played by the rules, reiterating that the required 10-day notice of the event was submitted by hand to police on Oct 28, with more than 10 days to spare.
“Bersih 2.0 will proceed with the peaceful assembly. We will gather at Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara at 10am before proceeding to Dataran Merdeka.
“There will be no change in venue as well, we will be in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka.”
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had said that although the electoral watchdog had sent its notices to the police, it still has not obtained a consent letter from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), one of the mandatory prerequisites under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Responding to Khalid, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah told FMT that Bersih 2.0 had forwarded its notices to the authorities.
“We already gave the notice to the police and DBKL. DBKL was at the meeting with us in the police station.”
When asked if she had obtained a consent letter from DBKL on its decision to hold the rally outside Dataran Merdeka, Maria maintained that they are not required to serve a notice to DBKL.
“Anyway, there’s no need to give them (DBKL) any notice because we are not entering Dataran Merdeka.”
Source : Tarrence Tan@FMT Reporters Online