THE Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have rejected an application to hold the “Selamatkan Malaysia” (Save Malaysia) rally tomorrow (Sept 16) due to the organisers leaving out certain details in their submission.
Among the details that were omitted were the location and names of the rally organisers, said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Suhaily Mohd Zain.
“We cannot accept the notice because the information provided is incomplete, so the police cannot accept it,” he was reported as saying by Bernama at a press conference held at the Dang Wangi District Police Headquarters last night (Sept 14).
“Previously it was said that the rally would be held near a shopping centre in the capital, but the latest intelligence received by the police is that it would be held at one of the mosques in Kampung Baru.”
Mohd Suhaily said that is not helping the police as there is no clear decision from the organisers, and this will make it difficult for many parties including road users, adding that public order was always the main priority for the police.
“The police do not want to overreact and we will make the necessary preparations. I believe they are experienced individuals in organising these kind of rallies, and understand the legal implications,” he was quoted as saying.
It was previously reported on Sunday (Sept 10) that Perikatan Nasional Youth will organise a rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 16 to protest the withdrawal of corruption charges against Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his Yayasan Akalbudi case.
Speaking at a press conference, the wing’s chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari had said the Malaysia Day rally is part of a movement called “Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia”.
The movement aims to gather as many Malaysians as possible, especially youth, to increase the people’s awareness of Zahid’s court caser and the state of the country’s judiciary and judicial institutions.
According to Fadhli, who is from PAS, the rally this Saturday will not be the last as they plan to undertake a roadshow nationwide to raise awareness on the issue.
On whether they have applied for police permission to hold the rally, he said they will follow the rule of law in organising it.
Yesterday (Sept 14), Bernama reported that the rally is set to take place at Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday.
Rally coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard, the peaceful rally would be followed by the Zohor prayers at the mosque.
When contacted by Berita Harian, he said participants are encouraged to wear white-coloured shirts and carry the national flag as a sign of support. – Sept 15, 2023
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