The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have disallowed Pakatan Harapan’s rally planned for Saturday at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya, citing security reasons.
Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said they had received four reports from local residents who objected to the rally in the area and thus would not support the application.
“Firstly, it will be inconvenient to the local residents. I was told that about 20,000 people would be present while Padang Timur can only accommodate not more than 10,000 people.
“Imagine the small area packed with so many people and the bad traffic congestion since it is near the federal highway” he told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, today.
Mohamad Fuzi suggested that the rally be moved to Kelana Jaya Stadium which is located 10km from Padang Timur because the area is more well planned and will allow crowd control by PDRM.
“It is up to the organizer whether to accept our suggestion or not. We have laws and the Peaceful Assembly Act. Anything can happen during rallies and PDRM will be blamed if anything bad happens.”