KUALA LUMPUR: The police met the three groups intending to hold mass rallies and street marches next month, reiterating that none will get a permit to do so.
“I can categorically say this,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters here yesterday.
“Some want us (the Government) to use the Internal Security Act against them. But there are other laws that we can use,” he said.
The opposition-initiated Bersih 2.0 coalition is adamant about going ahead with its July 9 street march, prompting Umno Youth to go on with its counter rally.
Gerak Aman, a newly-launched coalition of 57 non-governmental organisations and led by Malay rights group Perkasa, has also said it would take to the streets on the same day if Bersih 2.0 continued with its rally.
Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali welcomed the police decision against issuing the permits.
“If they (the other groups) are determined, I will have to consult the Gerak Aman committee on our next course of action,” he said.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the wing would continue with its planned march, even without a police permit.
Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the state police received 53 reports this month over the Opposition-initiated Bersih 2.0 rally.
The reports were made by NGOs and individuals, including taxi drivers, he said.
In IPOH, a group led by former Perak PKR Youth acting chief Faizal Effendi Hashim lodged a report against Bersih 2.0 at 11am yesterday.
Another report was lodged by representatives of three local NGOs Pertubuhan Masyarakat Prihatin Perak, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Rakyat Perak and Pertubuhan India Muslim Perak at 6pm.
Malaysian Youth Council president Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee said it strongly opposed street demonstrations.
“The council intends to collect one million signatures against the Bersih 2.0 rally,” he said.
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