Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar cautioned Bersih 2.0 today to submit a fresh notice for its November 19 rally after changing its venue if it wants to stay on the right side of the law.
He warned the electoral reform group that it risked violating the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 if it proceeded with its Bersih 5 rally that day due to incorrect information in its earlier notices to the district police chiefs in Dang Wangi and Brickfields.
“The respective OCPDs were unable to process the notices since not all the prerequisites for a proper notice were adhered to by the organiser.
“As such, if the organiser proceeds with the said assembly, it would be an offence of failure to give notice, under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,” he said in a statement this evening.
He was responding to news reports earlier today citing the Bersih 2.0 steering committee saying it has met all the conditions for its rally to be held in 11 days.
Khalid also said the same conditions and procedure apply for the group in organising its Bersih convoy.
Bersih 2.0 announced that it had met the conditions of the PAA, including the 10-day notice to the police required before its street demonstration.
The group also gave an assurance it would stay outside and not enter Dataran Merdeka after Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz refused permission to use the historic square as the rally point on November 19.
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 just outside Dataran Merdeka, with two meeting points for protesters to gather at — Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara — before heading to the city square.
Source : The Malay Mail Online