No more rallies, police warn red shirts

No more rallies, police warn red shirts
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Action will be taken if the so-called red shirts decide to go ahead with yet another rally in Petaling Street this Saturday.

City police chief Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said any action that disrupted public order or safety would not be tolerated.

"We will not condone any street rally or demonstration. The protesters will face the full brunt of the police if they decide to go on with the protest," he said yesterday.

Comm Tajuddin said the police would not hesitate to take action on any individual or groups who incited racial tension.

"Our priority is the safety and security of the people," he said.

He added that so far, the police had not received any notice or request for permits from Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos or any other individual to hold the rally.

"All rallies must go through the proper procedures. If they really want to hold it, then the rally must be held at a proper place," Comm Tajuddin said.

At a separate event, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police were prepared for the proposed rally this Saturday.

"We are not sure what this rally is all about or why it is being held but we are prepared regardless," he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.

Earlier, Jamal warned of organising ­"another commotion" in Petaling Street if demands by the red shirt protesters are not met.

"If the authorities do not take action, I am 99 per cent confident that a gathering will take place and maybe a riot will take place there as well," he told reporters at the Ampang Jaya police station where he had made reports yesterday over accusations against him on social media and Whatsapp.

Among the group's demands were that the Domestic, Trade, Cooperatives and Con­sumerism Ministry act against the alleged sale of counterfeit goods in Petaling Street, the traders share a portion of their income with other races and stop a monopoly in the area.

"It is up to the authorities, if they do not take action by Friday. If a commotion takes place, I am not responsible," Jamal said.

The red shirt protesters are expected to meet Jamal, who heads a coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations behind the Sept 16 rally, today for another discussion.

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