Heavy police presence at Tugu Negara and Parliament


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018

12pm: Shahrul tells protestors to disperse

11.45am: Eight representatives including Bersih 2.0 acting chairman Shahrul Aman Saari, Hishamuddin Rais, Maria Chin arrive at the gates of Parliament. They managed to hand over the memorandum to a representative known as Jaafar from the Speaker’s office 

11.20am: The eight representatives from Bersih 2.0 were not allowed to hand over the memorandum by Parliament security personnel. Nurul Izzah, Tian Chua, Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar and Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto are in the midst of negotiating with security officials to allow them to hand over the memorandum

11.13am: Protestors are stopped in their tracks as police barricades have been placed at the road leading to Parliament House

11am: The group of protestors starts marching towards Parliament 

10.46: Protestors are trying to break through the police barricade. Bersih steering committee member Mandeep Singh tells the crowd to calm down 

10.45am: Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Shaharuddin Abdullah informs the protestors that only 10 people are allowed to hand over the memorandum in Parliament. He gives strict orders that the crowd must disperse by 12pm 

10.10am: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at Tugu Negara. The Pakatan Harapan chairman is being escorted by a group of people and accompanied by former Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah to a makeshift stage

10am: Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok greet protestors at Tugu Negara

9.50am: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu, Alor Setar MP Gooi Hsiao Long, Sandakan MP Stephen Wong, Pribumi Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman were spotted at the protest

9.45am: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin makes an appearance at Tugu Negara

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 members have gathered in Tugu Negara here to protest against the tabling of the redelineation report in Parliament.

Protesters clad in Bersih 2.0's signature yellow t-shirt carrying placards arrived at Tugu Negara at 8am Wednesday (March 28).

Heavy police presence was seen at the vicinity of Tugu Negara and outside Parliament House.

Members of the Light Strike Force (LSF) were also seen forming a human barricade along the entrances of Tugu Negara.

Vehicles were blocked from entering Tugu Negara as early as 7.40am, after which organisers told protestors to park their vehicles at Padang Merbok.

It is understood that only eight people would be allowed to enter Parliament to hand over a memorandum.

Pakatan Harapan president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrived at Tugu Negara around 8.30am and immediately proceeded towards a makeshift stage to deliver her speech.

"This is our right to vote and this is our future. We are the voters and we must do something..."

At the same time, activist Hishamuddin Rais also delivered chants of "reformasi, reformasi (reform)."

Former Bersih 2.0 chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan, who was also present, told protestors that voters must hold the Electoral Commission (EC) accountable over the redelineation report.

"We must make our voices heard. We must tell them that we don't accept the report at all," she added.

The EC's report on the constituency redelineation will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today despite claims by opposition lawmakers that it would be sub judice (under judicial consideration and thus prohibited from public discussion elsewhere) to do so.

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