Police issue advisory against carrying out Bersih-related protests in Singapore

Police issue advisory against carrying out Bersih-related protests in Singapore
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SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force has issued an advisory warning the public against protesting, in light of the Bersih-led rally in Malaysia over the weekend.

Police said in the statement that they have been made aware of calls encouraging Malaysians based here to organise and take part in events related to the protests over the Causeway.

Malaysia's Bersih movement plans to hold a massive rally this weekend to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The police said in its statement that such public assemblies without a police permit are illegal in Singapore and constitute an offence under the Public Order Act.

Lawbreaking foreigners could face termination of their visas or work passes where applicable, they added.

The statement added: "Foreigners working or living here have to abide by our laws. They should not import issues from their own countries into Singapore which can disturb public order."

Bersih's organisers say protests will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from 2pm on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.


This article was first published on August 28, 2015.
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