All those involved in rally on Monday (Aug 2) to be called up, say police

KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone who was involved in the rally near Dataran Merdeka on Monday (Aug 2), including MPs, will be called up by cops to assist investigations.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said police would record the statements of those involved.

"We received information that there would be a gathering on Parliament grounds although Parliament was not in session.

"We cordoned off and diverted roads leading to Parliament as no one is allowed to enter its grounds," he said at a press conference on Monday (Aug 2).

Asked if those involved would be issued compound notices, Comm Azmi said police would investigate and the investigation paper would be referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.

"So far, we have received two police reports on the rally," he said, adding that over 500 police personnel and officers were on duty.

"In the end, the matter was resolved peacefully and the crowd dispersed," he said.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and a group of lawmakers were stopped by the police from marching towards Parliament on Monday.

A group had gathered at Dataran Merdeka after the road to Parliament was blocked by the police.

Opposition lawmakers tried to proceed on foot to Parliament but were stopped by the police.

Police also advised media personnel to observe physical distancing.

Anwar later made a short speech before the group dispersed peacefully at 11am.

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