To avert chaos, Gerakan Youth offers to help Bersih find a stadium

Modified 3 Aug 2016, 8:05 am

Gerakan Youth has offered to assist Bersih in securing a stadium to hold its upcoming rally to press for action against 1MDB.

In the past, Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said, demonstrations held by Bersih in the city streets had caused chaos and violence.

Citing the rally in 2012, he said the protest caused damage to private and public property as well as resulted in massive traffic jams, which inconvenienced the people.

On the same note, Tan said Gerakan Youth acknowledged the right of anyone to assemble peacefully as provided under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“However, in view of Bersih and the opposition’s past track records, we urge Bersih to hold their demonstration in a stadium peacefully.

“It would be irresponsible if Bersih held their demonstration in the streets.

“They should not place public safety at risk and disrupt the lives of Malaysians for their personal agenda,” he added in a media statement.

Earlier today, Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah disclosed that the electoral watchdog would hold a rally soon in view of the allegations contained in the United States Department of Justice court filings on the alleged abuse of 1MDB funds.

She added that the date and venue for the rally would be revealed in due course.

According to Maria, the main objective is to raise public awareness on the 1MDB issue.

Following this, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said if Bersih followed the law, the police would not intervene.

Previously, he warned that action would be taken if the rally aimed to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

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