Police warn people to stay away from illegal gathering

Police warn people to stay away from illegal gathering
Protestors at the Bersih 3.0 rally near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on 28 April 2012.

MALAYSIA - Police yesterday issued a stern warning that individuals or groups would be charged for holding an illegal assembly at Dataran Merdeka this Tuesday.

Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said they would not hesitate to detain parties under the Penal Code and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) for attempting to spark unrest.

According to a Bernama report, Amar said intelligence found several groups and non-governmental organisations would be involved in the illegal gathering to create chaos.

"Kumpulan Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), Jingga 13, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia as well as Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia are believed to be involved in the gathering," he told a news conference at the police contingent headquarters, here yesterday. He said the illegal assembly organisers were expected to set up camps around Dataran Merdeka and would be bringing weapons and gas masks to stir up a commotion.

Amar advised the people not to participate and support the assembly as it was against the law.

He said police had received 588 reports nationwide in protest against the assembly to bring down the government.

On the road closures for Dec 30 and 31, Amar said Jalan Raja would be closed to traffic starting midnight of Dec 30 and Jalan Kinabalu exiting to Jalan Raja's closure would take effect from 6pm on New Year's eve.

He urged the public to avoid using the two roads during the stipulated times.

In Seremban, eight organisations have urged the police to take action against organisers of the proposed rally.

Negri Sembilan Youth Council (MBNS), State Federation of Peninsular Malay Students Associations (GPMS), State Malaysia Youth Council Friends, State Youth assembly, State 4B Youth Movement, Persatuan Belia Dinamik Barat Negri Sembilan, Persatuan Belia Tunggal Negri Sembilan and Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs (Rasah branch) lodged reports at noon at the police headquarters here yesterday.

MBNS deputy president Azizan Saad said the gathering would only escalate tension and chaos in the city.

"It will give a negative image of the country to the world and tarnish Visit Malaysia Year 2014 celebrations.

"I urge the organisers to find proper channels to express dissatisfaction," he said after lodging the report here.

He hoped police would take stern action to ensure the rally did not take place.

State GPMS information chief Khairul Nizam Mohd Soperi urged students not to get involved in the rally.

The rally, he said, would inculcate a negative culture among youth and would leave negative implications on participating students.

In Shah Alam, Shah Alam Umno Youth also filed a police report yesterday against the organisers of the rally.

Its chief, Ahmad Mua'adzam Shah Ya'akop, said the organisers have failed to look at the bigger picture, especially with regard to the security of children who would be present at the venue to celebrate New Year.

"We condemn this sort of action because it does not just pose a security threat to civilians but also creates a negative perception of the country."


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