Crowd gathers in Kuala Lumpur for anti-TPPA rally


PETALING JAYA - A crowd has started gathering at several places near Dataran Merdeka for the anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) rally on Saturday.

Scores were seen at Maju Junction, one of the meeting points of the rally as early as noon. Protesters at Maju Junction were dressed in black and were seen carrying anti-TPPA banners. With them are members of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

At the Jalan Tun Perak-Jalan Raja junction, policemen were seen manning roads as green-clad protesters mingled by the side of the road waiting for others to arrive.

Police have warned the participants to stay away from Dataran Merdeka.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said that police would not hesitate to take stern action against those who broke the law and urged participants to follow the advice of police to gather at Padang Merbok.

The rally participants included members of PAS, Bersih 2.0, right-wing group Perkasa, Amanah and PSM.

At 2pm, some of the participants, mostly in green and some holding PAS flags, arrived at Padang Merbok where the authorities have allowed the use of the field.

Parti Amanah Negara chief Mohamad Sabu was seen addressing the crowd outside the Sogo shopping mall in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The crowd from Maju Junction walked to Jalan Tun Perak and grouped just outside the barricades at Dataran Merdeka while another bigger group of PAS members walked from the National Mosque to Padang Merbok.

Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali told the crowd at Padang Merbok that Parliament should postpone the signing of the TPPA. He also called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set on the TPPA.