Save Malaysia rally peaceful, did not comply with the Peaceful Assembly Act, says police chief

KUALA LUMPUR: The Save Malaysia rally has ended without untoward incidents.

"Our checks revealed that traffic remained under control on Saturday (Sept 16) with extraordinary compliance by motorists," said City police chief Comm Datuk Allaudeen Abdul Majid.

He said the rally began around 1.15pm at the Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru and ended near the Sogo Shopping Complex around 3.30pm.

"Although the rally failed to comply with provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act, police took every necessary step to ensure it ran smoothly.

"Based on our initial investigations, 16 individuals gave speeches during the rally.

"A police report was also lodged by the organisers at the Dang Wangi police station during the rally," he told reporters on Saturday (Sept 16).

Comm Allaudeen said the police would need time to peruse the report before deciding how to proceed.

When asked, he said the police had identified all persons of interest in connection with the rally.

Comm Allaudeen added that the police were enforcers of the law, and in this case, they were merely following the laws stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

"Section 9 of the Act states that the organisers must give a notice to police, and a form can be found in the Fourth Schedule under Section 10 of the same Act.

"In the form, an organiser must be named, and they must also receive approval from the premise owner, and written approval must also be attached with the form," he said, adding that police shouldered a big responsibility and considered the views of property owners in the area before the event being held.

He said the organisers know that the notice must be given based on the form.

"As the rally does not comply with the Act, we will look at the necessary action.

"We have received 22 police reports against the rally so far," said Comm Allaudeen.

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