KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar today reminded Bersih 2.0 to apply for a permit for this Saturday’s rally, warning that failure to do so would still make the event an illegal gathering.
Speaking at a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters this evening, he told reporters that to date, Bersih 2.0’s organisers had yet to inform or notify the police of their plans for the rally.
“No call from them, no information,” he said.
When it was pointed out that Bersih 2.0 had already been given the green light from the government to hold its rally at a stadium, Khalid shook his head.
“Come on, (Bersih 2.0 chairman) Datuk Ambiga is a former Bar Council president. She should know the law,” he said.
He, however, gave his assurance that the permit application process would be expedited in view of the urgency of the situation.
“We will prioritise their application. Typically, permits can only be applied for at least a week before the event. So why are we giving them priority? Because the government has already allowed them to hold a stadium rally so we need to cooperate and we will,” he said.
Apply for permit soonest, police tell Bersih 2.0
The police have urged Bersih 2.0 to apply for a permit as soon as possible for Saturday's rally, failing which the gathering will be deemed an illegal assembly.
"So far, there is no application to hold a rally in a stadium," deputy police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a press conference at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters this evening.
"I suggest (they) apply for permit immediately. We will process it as soon as possible."
Khalid however admitted that, since Bersih 2.0 is deemed an illegal organisation by the Home Ministry, it will not meet the criteria for a permit.
Still, he refused to answer directly whether the police would reject the application if one is made.
Asked if the movement can submit the application under the name of a registered organisation, Khalid replied: "Maybe they can, I don't know."
In the event that a permit is issued, the participants will be prohibited from wearing or possessing anything that supports Bersih 2.0, he said.
"Clothes and things that have the Bersih (2.0) logo ... as far as we are concerned ... Bersih (2.0) has been gazetted as an illegal organisation. Any paraphernalia related to Bersih (2.0) is prohibited," he said, adding that offenders will be arrested.