Wednesday January 16, 2013
Police look to adopt new procedure for future rallies
KUALA LUMPUR: Police will look into the possibility of adopting the new operating procedure used in Saturday’s Perhimpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat rally for future gatherings given the peaceful outcome.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the new method, which included not deploying the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) and having minimal police presence, yielded positive results.
“Police actions were conducted in the spirit of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012. We will consider using the procedure for future rallies.
“The police, organisers and participants cooperated with one another in the spirit of peaceful assembly,” he told pressmen on the sidelines of the Transformation of Security and Fun-damental Rights Legislation Confe-rence here yesterday.
On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s praise over police conduct during the rally, Ismail said everyone involved, especially police personnel, acted professionally and peacefully.
“We will see whether the method can be adopted into a standard operating procedure in future rallies.
“The implementation of this new method will largely depend on the situation,” he said.
Ismail said police were investigating the three infringements by the rally organisers which included bringing children aged below 15, having provocative banners as well as exceeding the 30,000 limit for participants.
“The investigations were started by Kuala Lumpur police,” he said, adding that the 27 rules and regulations were agreed to by the organisers prior to the rally.