Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today asked Bersih 5 organisers to first “obey the law” before seeking any police protection or assistance ahead of the rally.
In a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today, Khalid said Bersih must first follow the law before asking the police to facilitate a separate rally at a separate date for the Red Shirts movement.
The Red Shirts are expected to take to the streets at the same time as Bersih protesters this Saturday to organise a counter protest to the Bersih rally.
“At the moment both sides are not obeying the law. It is better for them not to come (protest) — be it yellow, red or any other shirt,” he said.
The Red Shirts movement, led by Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos, have attracted controversy over their high handed tailing of Bersih convoys ahead of the rally.
“If you don’t want to obey the law why ask protection from the police?” Khalid said, reiterating his stance that Bersih 5 is not following the law because the rally, planned to take place at Dataran Merdeka, had not obtained permission from City Hall (DBKL) to use the venue.
“Just use a venue that the landlord permits, is that so difficult? We have seen the same thing with Bersih 1, 2, 3 and 4,” he said.
Khalid also kept mum about the police’s preparations or any pre-emptive moves by the force ahead of the rally.
“Whatever we do, we will do it according to the law,” he said.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online