'No weapons or kids at anti-GST rally'

Clearly marked: Kuala Lumpur Internal Security and Public Order chief SAC Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid briefing the media on the areas for the rally in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - Some 15,000 people are expected to attend the anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally today, City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said.

SDCP Mohmad said police had told the organisers to adhere to regulations.

"Participants will not be allowed to bring weapons or children to the rally, which is expected to be held near Dataran Merdeka between 2pm and 5pm.

"They are also advised to follow and respect instructions from police personnel as they are there to prevent any untoward incidents and ensure the smoothness of the proceedings," he told reporters yesterday.

He said that protesters were allowed to gather near Dataran Merdeka except on the field and the podium.

Protesters would not be allowed to use hailers, give speeches or shout party slogans while walking to Dataran Merdeka from va­­rious meeting points, SDCP Mohmad said.

"We have met the organisers four times and they have agreed with our stipulations.

"We will ensure the safety of the public and all involved in the rally," he said.

While there would be no road closure, SDCP Mohmad advised the public to avoid eight locations within the city between noon and 8pm as it would be used by protesters as meeting points.

The locations are KLCC, Sogo, Masjid Negara, KL Central, Masjid Jamek, Central Market, Pudu Raya and Dataran Maybank.

"We are advising the public not to go to these locations as there will be traffic congestion there," he said.

The City police command centre would be placed at the state police headquarters, added SDCP Mohmad.

In another development, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the party was fully committed to participate in the rally together with PAS and DAP.

"The event will also be joined by other NGO representatives who will walk to Dataran Merdeka from various points," she said.

She also advised those involved in the rally to protest peacefully.