Zero turnout for petrol price increase protest in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - A planned rally against the latest petrol price hike fizzled out when Dataran Merdeka was empty of protesters.

Instead, under an overcast sky with intermittent rain, a large number of personnel from the police force and Kuala Lumpur City Hall were spread out around the area since 3pm yesterday. By 6pm, they left.

On Friday, police advised the public to stay away from the rally, planned to protest the petrol price increase, as the organisers did not apply for a permit to hold it.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Se­­nior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said the permission was required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Details of the rally were circulated via social media sites and instant messaging apps. The organisers were not named.

From Thursday, the price of RON95 petrol and diesel was raised by 20 sen per litre to RM2.30 (S$.90) and RM2.20 respectively, following the Government's announcement that their subsidies would be reduced.