Avoid going to KL today, public urged

A protester holds a flair during a May Day protest in Kuala Lumpur on May 1, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - People should refrain from going to the city in view of a rally by non-governmental organisations to be held between 2pm and 5pm today, said the city police chief.

Datuk Mohmad Salleh said rally protestors had been allowed to gather in Jalan Raja, near Dataran Merdeka.

"I strongly advise protesters against taking their children along. Do not bring weapons or dangerous tools."

The rally organiser had indicated meeting points at Kuala Lumpur City Centre, SOGO shopping mall, Masjid Negara, KL Sentral, Central Market, Masjid Jamek, Puduraya and Maybank Square before supporters marched to Dataran Merdeka.

Mohmad said policemen would be deployed to maintain peace.

City Hall Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said protesters could gather at the square between City Hall and the pitcher fountain at Padang Merbok. As of noon yesterday, he said the organiser had yet to send any letter for permission to use the premises.

In Petaling Jaya, the stretch from Jalan Timur will be temporarily closed in conjunction with the Labour Day celebration at the PJ City Council field. The road will be closed from the junction of Jalan Sultan to the junction of the Federal Highway from 8am to 12 noon.