KUALA LUMPUR: Police have given the green light for the Anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally to be held at Padang Merbok here on Friday. However, they have warned that action would be taken if they planned rally was held elsewhere.
City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon said the organisers of the rally had submitted a notice to the Dang Wangi police who in turn advised them to hold the rally at Padang Merbok.
“So far, we have received one notice and the Dang Wangi OCPD had advised the organisers to hold the rally at Padang Merbok.
“If they choose to hold the rally at Padang Merbok, there will not be a problem. We will even facilitate to ensure no untoward incidents happen, just like we did with a group on April 11 (Himpunan Derita Rakyat).
“But if they refuse to heed the police’s advice, it will be considered as committing an offence and action can be taken against them according to the law,” he said at the City police headquarters yesterday.
When asked about whether the organisers had agreed to hold the rally at Padang Merbok, DCP Law replied: “The organisers have said they will hold the rally at the venue that they wished. If they do as they wish and the rally is not held at Padang Merbok, we will take action accordingly.”
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said rioting in Baltimore of the United States should be a lesson for those planning to participate in the protest on Friday.
“We recommend they follow the Peaceful Assembly Act so that safety is ensured,” he said, while advising protestors to heed police instructions during the rally.
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