MALACCA: The organisers of Bersih 5.0 deliberately disregard the rules under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 because they want to attract world attention, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
This way, he said, the organisers want to show the world that the local authorities here are supposedly restricting the rights of the people to speech and assembly.
"My advice is to follow the rules under the Act, why is that so difficult.
“They like it if we use the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) to bring out the water cannons, they like it that way.
"Our country has laws, it is not a 'cowboy' state...if they (the organisers) stick to their decision to break the law, then be ready to face the consequences," he told reporters here when launching the police’s Innovation Day 2016 celebrations.
The celebrations were held with the cooperation of various agencies including the state government.
Khalid said the Bersih organisers should follow the proper channels before organising any gathering, such as by applying and getting a permit to use the location of their choice.
"The law requires that notice be submitted 10 days before the event is held, and permission must be obtained from the owner of the venue, if not there are many other places to hold the event other than Kuala Lumpur.
“So just obey the regulations, what is so difficult about that," he said.
On former ministers and members of parliament who allegedly divulged government secrets in Parliament recently, Khalid urged all parties including civil servants to be careful before making any statement.
"Sometimes they use Parliament as an excuse for saying anything, but when it involves government secrets, we have to be careful because there are many implications, when government secrets are disclosed, it could threaten national security and the economy.
“I want to advise government staff either those who are still working or have left the service, to be very careful and responsible about whatever statements they make because if they disclose government secrets, action will be taken (against them)," he said.
On the preparations to ensure security during the Malaysia Cup final this Sunday, Khalid said police had sufficient members to ensure the game run smoothly and were prepared for any untoward incidents.
"Do not do anything to disturb other people, support your team in the proper way, do not be uncivilised," he said. – Bernama
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