No demonstrations allowed in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: Dataran Merdeka, Sogo and Masjid Jamek will be off limits to those intending to hold demonstrations tomorrow following a court order prohibiting gatherings there.The police have obtained an order from the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court banning any gatherings at the three areas for seven days after police got wind of a planned demonstration to demand action against Tan Sri Azam Baki.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Noor Dellhan Yahaya said a group calling itself the “Arrest Azam Baki Action Committee” had planned to organise a street protest to urge the authorities to take action against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner.

He reminded the public that the country was still under Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan and such assemblies were in violation of Rule 9 (prohibition of processions) and Rule 10 (control of gatherings) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations.

Following the court order, the police would divert traffic along six major roads within Dang Wangi from 7am until the end of the gathering.

“The roads involved are Jalan Kuching, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

“Operations at 25 MRT, LRT, Monorail and KTM stations within the Dang Wangi area will also be temporarily ceased from 7am,” he told reporters yesterday.

ACP Noor Dellhan said the Pudu, Hang Tuah, Masjid Jamek, Plaza Rakyat, Bandaraya, and Sultan Ismail stations would be affected at the LRT Ampang-Sri Petaling Line.

“The stations involved from the LRT Kelana Jaya line are Kampung Baru, Dang Wangi, Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni while along the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line, Bukit Bintang Merdeka and Pasar Seni stations are affected.

“The stations affected along the Monorail line are Medan Tuanku, Bukit Nanas, Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, Imbi, Hang Tuah, Maharajalela, Tun Sambanthan, and KL Sentral while the KTM stations affected are Kuala Lumpur, Bank Negara and Putra,” he said, adding that a total of 1,010 personnel would be on the ground to ensure no untoward incidents happen.

ACP Noor Dellhan also said 16 individuals, including five politicians, have had their statements taken to assist in investigations into the matter.

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