PUTRAJAYA, April 26 (Bernama) -- Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin
Tun Hussein said the police would take the necessary action from the security
aspects if the organisers of a planned rally at Dataran Merdeka this weekend are
adamant about proceeding with it.
"We have already compromised and offered alternative venues to them...but if
they choose to be stubborn, it will be up to the police (to take the necessary
action," he said.
He said it was the police''s responsibility to ensure public order was not
threatened by anyone.
"I hope the organisers can assemble at the alternative venues offered in the
spirit of political transformation and changes brought about by the government.
As such, all parties should contribute towards building a healthy and mature
democracy in the country," he told reporters here today.
Asked on the actions police might take if the rally planned by
non-governmental organisations with the support of opposition parties goes ahead
at Dataran Merdeka, Hishammuddin said:"It will depend on the actions of the
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He said police had been instructed to be fully prepared to face any
eventuality based on past experiences on similar assemblies.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has denied permission to the organisers to
hold the assembly at Dataran Merdeka citing that the square is reserved for
national events and instead offered Stadium Titiwangsa, the Kuala Lumpur
Badminton Stadium and Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium as alternative venues.
Hishammuddin added that he hoped the organisers of the rally could accept
the alternative venues as there was still time to switch locations.
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