Supporters keep gatherings orderly in Kuching and Sibu

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  • Sunday, 29 Apr 2012

KUCHING: The Bersih 3.0 sit-ins here ended peacefuly and crowds dispersed at about 4pm while some hung out at coffee shops and nearby cafes to quench their thirst after being under the hot afternoon sun.

A large crowd was seen at the Kuching Old Court House, with about 100 policemen present to maintain order.

The crowd started walking from Hilton Hotel here at around 2pm, hoping to get the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who was having a press conference at the hotel at the time.

The crowd then passed by the Kuching Waterfront and proceeded to the Old Court House, which was about 1km away.

DAP state secretary Chong Chieng Jen, DAP state treasurer Violet Yong, PKR state chairman Baru Bian, PKR Wanita chief Voon Shiak Ni and PKR information chief See Chee How were among the crowd.

Despite the massive traffic jam, no untoward incidents were reported.

The same rally in Sibu also went off without incident at the Chuan Corridor, which is part of the Town Square Phase One.

Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail said about 100 policemen were deployed to ensure peace and order.

The crowd, comprising members of Pakatan Rakyat component parties DAP and PKR as well as several non-governmental organisations, gathered at 2.30pm.

Despite the scorching heat, they stayed until 4pm before dispersing.

Pelawan assemblyman David Wong said he was satisfied with the peaceful turnout.

Wong also urged all eligible citizens to register as voters and participate in future elections.

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