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KL cops blast calls for Bkt Bintang rally
Published:  Sep 10, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: 2:58 AM

The Dang Wangi police have described the call for people to rally in Bukit Bintang as racially motivated and warned that this is seditious.

“Dang Wangi district police chief calls on the public not to be influenced by the call to rally found being made in the social media, because it has elements of racism and sedition that makes it an offence under section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.

“It is also prohibited to spread or to make viral calls for rally that are racial or seditious in nature such as this.

“The police will not hesitate to take action against anyone involved in spreading such information,” said the district police chief in a statement last night.

Dang Wangi said a report was lodged on Sept 4 on the call on Facebook and other social media, that contained a “racist article” calling on people to gather at several points and rally to Bukit Bintang.

“Till now, the Dang Wangi district police chief has still not received any notice whatsoever to hold the rally, and the police consider such a rally to be unlawful if it is held without following the rules of the law,” it said.

While the statement did not specifically refer to any group, calls have been made by those dubbed the ‘red shirts’ for an anti-Bersih rally to be held in what they claimed were Chinese areas in Kuala Lumpur.

The 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' is scheduled next Wednesday, Sept 16 and Oct 10 in Bukit Bintang and Jalan Petaling.

'Gone overboard'

The civil movement Otai Reformasi lodged a police report on Sept 5 saying organisers of the counter rallies have gone overboard by threatening violence.

"We are not saying that people cannot organise a gathering but it has to be peaceful.

"But even before the Sept 16 and Oct 10 gathering, there have already been promotional materials that are very provocative.

"They are threatening a bloodbath; this is really going to the extreme," former Selangor executive council member Ronnie Liu told Malaysiakini after lodging the report.

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