All peaceful in Brickfields


KUALA LUMPUR: Police will maintain their presence around the Little India water fountain area in Brickfields as a precautionary measure to safeguard public safety.

This is despite the planned rally yesterday being called off by the organisers after police said some requirements were not met.

City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim, when met at the scene, thanked the public for their compliance.

“Their cooperation is greatly appreciated. This is the spirit that we want.

“We are glad that the people adhered to police instructions to not hold the rally, ” he said.

The planned “Say No To Zakir Naik, Equal Rights To Indians & Other Races” rally was supposed to have been held there at 2pm but it did not go ahead.

According to reports, the organisers called it off following talks with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Checks showed there were no protesters at the scene.

Some roads were cordoned off, and police were seen patrolling the area.

Comm Mazlan said the issue should be put to rest as investigations on Zakir are underway.

He said the two men held after the Friday rally, held to protest the teaching of khat in Tamil schools, had been granted bail.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said investigations on the controversial preacher were almost complete.

“We have recorded statements from him and other people. We will be sending the investigation papers to the Attorney General’s Chambers soon.

“I have also issued an order to stop him from giving speeches in the country until the conclusion of the investigation, ” he said in a statement on Friday.

Abdul Hamid also said several sensitive issues including that on Zakir, the national flag being hung upside down and khat were being sensationalised on social media by certain irresponsible groups.

“Their action can threaten the peace and unity in our country.

“That is why we are taking these three issues very seriously, ” he said, while issuing a stern warning to the public to stop stoking the fire as it could create unrest.


   

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