Anti-TPPA rally only allowed to use Padang Merbok

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 21 Jan 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Participants of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) rally on Saturday will only be allowed to use Padang Merbok with the necessary permit from the police.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Amin Nordin Abd Aziz (pic) said the organiser’s application to hold the rally at Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Raja was rejected and they have been given an alternative venue.

"We have deliberated over the matter and DBKL (City Hall) executive director (Socio Economic Development) Mohd Saufi Muhamad met them yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss the issue.

"We have allowed them to use Padang Merbok but they must also get the necessary permits from the police,” he said.

"Although they initially did not agree, I was told late yesterday evening that they were willing to move. We will be meeting with them again today to present the offer and for them to pay the deposit of RM10,000 to RM20,000,” he said.

Amin Nordin added Dataran Merdeka was not a place to gather and, as with previous gatherings, citing the Bersih rallies, only Padang Merbok was suitable.

The rally, expected to begin at 2pm Saturday, will see protesters gathering at Masjid Jamek, Masjid Negara, Maju Junction and Jalan Raja Laut.

The protest will be held for two days before a special Parliament sitting to debate and vote on the TPPA.

Among the groups expected to join the rally are Bersih 2.0, PAS, Parti Socialis Malaysia and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim).

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