Saturday January 12, 2013
Police and organisers pledge to ensure a smooth rally
Reports by FARIK ZOLKEPLI, JOSEPH KAOS JR, ISABELLE LAI, REGINA LEE, STEVEN CHIEW and TASHNY SUKUMARAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are committed to ensuring that the rally planned for today will be peaceful while the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat organisers pledge to do their part to maintain order.
Police said no Federal Reserve Unit personnel would be deployed and there would be no roadblocks in the city.
This was in line with the goal of having zero casualty during the rally, dubbed KL112, said city police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh.
“Police will facilitate the rally to ensure the safety of the participants and others present.
“We will be there to assist everyone involved so that the rally runs smoothly,” he said at a press conference at the city police headquarters yesterday.
DCP Mohmad said the police would set up 40 beat points within a 1km radius of Stadium Merdeka to ensure smooth movement of pedestrians and rally participants.
“The rally procession will be similar to football fans walking to Stadium Merdeka,” he said.
“We are committed to making this rally trouble-free.”
Since the stadium can accommodate only 30,000 people, DCP Mohmad said the police would discuss with the organisers if the crowd exceeded that number.
“We foresee no problem if the excess crowd gather around the stadium. However, after the rally ends at 5pm, we hope the participants will disperse,” he said, adding that police manpower was sufficient.
Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Corporate Communications) Asst Comm Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the organisers had agreed to the 27 conditions stipulated.
“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.