Bt Aman says Bernama misquoted IGP
Police headquarters said this evening that the Inspector-General had been misquoted in the reports published today in which he purportedly said tonight’s election protest rally at Kelana Jaya stadium was illegal. A statement from Bukit Aman said the IGP had at no time mentioned the need for a permit.
The Bernama report of yesterday’s press conference (held at 3pm) had said the rally was illegal because the organisers did not apply for a permit. Opposition politicians pointed out this morning that permits were no longer required under the Peaceful Assembly Act, and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim stated that the rally would go ahead. This afternoon, Fadzi Fadzil, aide to Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, circulated an image of a letter to the Petaling Jaya OCPD, which was acknowledged received at about noon.
Bukit Aman did not explain why it took the better part of a day before it issued a clarification.
The statement from Bukit Aman:
Yesterday’s Bernama report:
Rally illegal, participants face arrest, warns IGP
11:53PM May 7, 2013
The rally planned by the opposition tomorrow is illegal because the organiser did not apply for a permit from the police.
Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar warned that participants at the rally will be arrested. “The organiser must comply with the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. Marching without permit aimed at arousing anger is wrong according to the law. Comply with the law and use the correct channel to apply for permit from the district police chief,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
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