Hold rally at Padang Merbok or face the music, cops tell organisers


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Apr 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have yet to receive a response from the organisers of the planned Friday anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally despite giving the green light for it to be held at Padang Merbok.

“So far, they have not responded. We have advised them to hold the rally at Padang Merbok but they want to it to be at some other venue,” said City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon (pic).

“If they do not heed the police’s advice, they have got to face the music as we will take action accordingly,” he added.

When contacted, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said that the organisers would be going ahead with holding the rally at the originally planned venue.

It was reported that organisers would push ahead with the protest in Dataran Merdeka, though the gathering is expected to be deemed illegal.

Previous reports also mentioned that Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) coordinator Badrul Hisham Shahrin said organisers would not submit the 10-day notice to hold the rally as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act, but hoped for police cooperation nonetheless.

He said organisers had met Dang Wangi police at its headquarters and had promised to heed orders from authorities as they planned to stage the rally at several points in the city centre before converging at Dataran Merdeka.

The rally will begin at 1pm at several points, including Jalan Sultan, Masjid Negara, Maybank, Sogo Shopping Centre and Central Market. Protesters will then march towards Dataran Merdeka, Badrul said.
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