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Police confident PAS rally will proceed smoothly

PETALING JAYA: Police are confident that the PAS "Himpunan 355" rally at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, in support of a Bill to strengthen the Syariah Court's powers, will go without a hitch.

City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh (pic) said that he was not expecting any issues from the crowd gathering there.

"We have met with the organisers and given them a list of dos and don'ts for the rally.

"We are confident everyone will behave themselves tomorrow," he said on Friday.

The list included reminders not to bring young children to the rally and to follow all instructions from the police.

The rally, sporting purple as the theme colour, is supposed to be a show of strength for PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill ahead of the new session of Parliament next month.

The Bill seeks to increase the degree of penalties in the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

A counter-rally, originally supposed to be held at the same date, time and venue as PAS', was moved to Taman Jaya here after organisers learnt the Islamist party had obtained permission to hold their rally at Padang Merbok.

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