Published: Thursday August 30, 2012 MYT 4:50:00 PM
Updated: Thursday August 30, 2012 MYT 9:54:04 PM
Police advise public to avoid Janji Demokrasi rally
KUALA LUMPUR: Police say that Janji Demokrasi rally scheduled at Dataran Merdeka on the eve of Merdeka Day is illegal and advice the public to stay away.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said Thursday that no permit had been issued for any gathering by the police or permission given from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to hold the rally.
Mohmad said police would also monitor the Merdeka March For Jalan Sultan organised by the Jalan Sultan community and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Aseembly Hall (KLSCHA), expected to be held from the Gospel Hall, Jalan Hang Jebat through Jalan Sultan, before heading to Dataran Merdeka.
"Besides preventing untoward incidents, we will monitor traffic to avoid congestion," he said.
Meanwhile, Janji Demokrasi organising committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said they had received a letter from the police informing them that rally was illegal.
Fellow committee member Hishamuddin Rais said the letter was delivered by hand to Empower Malaysia's office, of which Chin is the executive director, at 3pm Thursday.
"The committee met on Wednesday night and we had decided that we will proceed with the gathering if it is deemed illegal by the police, but not necessarily at Dataran Merdeka," said Hishamuddin when contacted.
"The participants will be dressed in yellow T-shirts and we will be all over Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Merdeka Eve. We will not be confrontational with the police. We also do not intend to disturb the props at Dataran Merdeka for the parade," he said.
On the police's statement that the organisers had failed to inform the police 10 days earlier, Hishamuddin said the organisers did not think citizens intending to celebrate a country's independence would actually require police permission.