Published: Friday January 11, 2013 MYT 4:50:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 11:11:18 AM
Police not deploying FRU for rally at Stadium Merdeka
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and STEVEN CHIEW
KUALA LUMPUR: The police are making good on their promise of ensuring a peaceful Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat rally by not deploying the Federal Reserved Unit (FRU) personnel or conducting roadblocks and road closures in the city.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the latest move was in line with the police's goal of having zero casualties and maintaining a peaceful rally.
“The police will only facilitate the rally to ensure the safety of the participants as well as everyone involved.
“We are there to assist everyone involved so that the rally runs smoothly,” he told a press conference at the city police headquarters Friday.
However, DCP Mohmad said the police would set up 40 beat points within a 1km radius of Stadium Merdeka to ensure smooth traffic for pedestrians as well as rally participants.
“Our actions will be in the spirit of peaceful assembly.
“The rally procession will be similar to football fans walking to Stadium Merdeka
“We are committed towards making this rally trouble-free,” he said.
While the stadium could accommodate only 30,000 participants, DCP Mohmad said the police would discuss with the rally organisers if the crowd exceeded the limit.
“We foresee no problem if the excessive crowd gather around the stadium.
“However, after the rally ends at 5pm, we hope the participants will disperse,” he said, adding that, the police had enough manpower for the rally.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Secretariat's assistant public relations chief Asst Comm Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the rally organisers have already agreed to the 27 rules and regulations stipulated, thus he foresee that everything would go smoothly.
“As long as the rules are adhered to, I see no reason why the rally should not go smoothly.
“Our ultimate aim is a peaceful rally, which will benefit everyone.
“The participants, members of the media and the police,” he said.
On fears that the unprecedented move to provide media tags as well as deploying marshals for the media were designed to circumvent the media's duties, ACP Ramli said the tags were not compulsory, merely to assist police personnel to better identify the media better.
“We know members of the media have their Information Ministry-issued tags, normally it will be enough.
“However, the special tags for the rally is designed to streamline the tag used by the media so that there will be no confusion,” he said.
ACP Ramli said allegations that the special tags as well as the marshals would make the media easier targets for the police, were unfounded.
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