‘Janji Bersih’ rally organisers told to abide by the law
KOTA BAHARU, Aug 12 — The organisers of the planned 'Janji Bersih' (Bersih promise) rally on the eve of the independence day on Aug 30 at the Merdeka Square have been urged to abide by the law.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said although every citizen could assemble to celebrate the independence day, the organisers should not use it to propagate the agenda of certain parties.
"Let's look at it this way. If they want to assemble just to celebrate the independence day, this is the right of the people and that is the spirit that we want.
"But I hope they will not be driving a specific agenda of certain quarters and sidestep the law," he told reporters during his visit to the Kelantan Police Contingent Headquarters here today.
Ismail said the organisers must comply with regulations set under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 while the police were ready to deal with any eventualities to safeguard national security.
In Shah Alam, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said political sentiments should be cast aside during the 'Ambang Merdeka' (Merdeka Eve) celebration at the Merdeka Square.
"Merdeka eve revellers should come in a happy and unity mood, not to create trouble and cause fear," he said after launching the special Aidilfitri farmers' market in Shah Alam.
Noh, who is also Selangor Barisan Nasional liaison committee deputy chairman, said the rally organisers were taking advantage of the situation to gain political mileage. — Bernama