Only about 500 turned up at rally

JOHOR BARU: Some 500 people had turned up for the Himpunan Tanah Rakyat rally aimed at highlighting irregularities involving land in the state and country.

Initially, 10,000 people were expected to attend the rally at the parking lot area at Plaza Angsana here recently.

Several representatives from various villages in the state including from Ledang, Ayer Hitam, Gelang Patah, Kg Baru Plentong, Pasir Gudang and other villages gave short speeches detailing their land problems during the rally, which lasted for about two hours.

The gathering dispersed peacefully by about 4pm.

State opposition leader Dr Boo Cheng How, PAS vice president Salahuddin Ayub, Johor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed and Johor PAS youth chief Suhaizan Kayat delivered speeches during the event.

Salahuddin said the state Opposition would come up with a special task force to deal with land problems here.

“We will also start a roadshow as soon as possible to reach out to those with land problems and this event will continue until the elections,” he said adding that the information compiled will then be forwarded in a form of a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said the Opposition had tried forwarding numerous memorandums to the Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman relating to land matters and they were fed up as nothing has been done so far.

Meanwhile, Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Ruslan Hassan said the organisers of the rally, Gabungan Tanah Rakyat, had failed to adhere to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“Although the event was peaceful, we may still take action against the rally organizers as they only informed us about the event on Friday,” he said adding that under the Act, the police should be informed at least 10 days in advance.

“The management of Plaza Angsana also did not give the organisers to conduct the rally within their premises and they have lodged a police report on the matter,” he told pressmen when met at the rally.

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