Police ‘Okay’ if Bersih 5 follows PAA – IGP

 |Aug 3, 2016



The electoral reform pressure group Bersih need to follow Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 in order to get approval for the upcoming fifth rally.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that the pressure group need to abide by the rules stipulated under PAA.

Before this Bersih planned for a protest rally demanding Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to step down, but was warned by the IGP to take up alternate provisions rather than street rally.

Earlier today, Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah announced that the coalition will hold a rally to push for further action on the 1MDB case.

Maria said the coalition is pushing for the fifth rally to mount pressure for greater accountability and action over the 1MDB related case.

However, the date and the details of the venue will be announced soon, added Maria at a press conference held in Petaling Jaya.

Prior to this, the newly appointed Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chief Razali Ismail had advised Bersih to find other ways to seek accountability rather than taking to the streets.

He believes the electoral coalition should look for more sophisticated ways of fighting for rights, as reported in an interview with The Star.