Court order bars gatherings near building

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 May 2009

IPOH: Police have obtained a court order to stop people from gathering within 500m of the State Secretariat building during the Perak State Assembly sitting.

Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said a magistrate’s court granted the ex-parte injunction to Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias yesterday.

Named as respondents in the ap­­plication were members and supporters of PKR, DAP, PAS and Barisan Nasional, and members of the public.

According to the injunction granted under Section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code, all respondents are warned and prohibited from being present or taking part in any gathering within a 500m radius of the gates of the building.

DCP Zulkifli said copies of the injunction would be put up in areas surrounding the building.

“We want people to know so that they can avoid going to these restricted areas,” he told a press conference.

However, he assured those working or studying in the restricted places that they would be allowed into the area by the police.

“This will continue until the sitting is adjourned,” he added.

Prior to obtaining the injunction, police had asked political party leaders to advise their supporters to stay away from the building.

“I would like to remind the people that they are not allowed to hold gatherings anywhere without police permits,” he said, noting that to date, police had not received any applications for such permits.

Asked how many policemen would be on duty, he said: “We have enough manpower.”

When contacted, state Education Department deputy director Muha­­mat Roli Hassan said all schools within the vicinity would go on as usual.

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