The Yellow Shirts organisers failed to fulfill the preconditions of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012, therefore, their notices to hold their rally on Nov 19 were rejected.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar refuted to an article on a news portal that the Bersih 5.0 rally will continue as scheduled after having fulfilled the requirements of PAA 2012.
“The officers-in-charge of Dang Wangi and Brickfields police districts did receive two notice from the organisers of Bersih 5 but both the notice failed to comply with the prerequisites of PAA 2012,” Khalid said in a statement yesterday.
Khalid stated both notice indicated Dataran Merdeka as the venue for the assembly but did not attach any consent letter from the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur as required under Section 10(c) and Section 11 of the Act.
“Since no consent was obtained, the organisers decided to assemble outside Dataran Merdeka.
“To date, no notice regarding the change of venue has been submitted to the police, so we are unable to process the notices,” Khalid said.
Meanwhile, Jamal was summoned to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters to meet with police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officials.
This follows the rejection of his group’s application to hold a rally at Dataran Merdeka and Padang Merbok.
“We were informed that the authorities turned down not just our application but also Bersih’s.
“We respect this. But our stand is clear. If there is no yellow, then there will be no red. We have 300,000 members ready to come down starting Nov 18,” Jamal said when met by reporters outside Dang Wangi District Police Station.
Khalid said the organisers will be committing an offence of failure to give notice under PAA 2012 should they proceed with the assembly.