Malaysia cops: Stay away from petrol hike protest rally

 Malaysia cops: Stay away from petrol hike protest rally
Kuala Lumpur’s Dataran Merdeka

KUALA LUMPUR - The police have advised the public to stay away from a planned rally at Dataran Merdeka today to protest against the petrol price hike, as the organisers had not applied for a permit to hold the gathering.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said police regarded the rally as illegal since the organisers had not sought permission to hold the assembly as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

"I would discourage people from attending the rally. But if they decide to go, they have to keep it peaceful and adhere to the guidelines under the Act.

"We will still take the necessary steps to investigate the organisers as they did not submit their notice," he said.

Details of the rally were circulated through social media sites and instant messaging apps yesterday. The organisers were not named.

It is learnt that police would be mobilised around Dataran Merdeka and its nearby areas today, but it was indicated that their role would be more on passive monitoring than cracking down on protesters.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the price of RON95 petrol and diesel would be raised by 20 sen (S$0.08) per litre to RM2.30 and RM2.20 respectively.

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