All roads to Parliament blocked

Dec 11, 07 10:35am

The police have closed all entries to Parliament since this morning, ostensibly to block members of polls reform group Bersih to submit a memorandum on constitutional amendments.

Federal Reserve Unit trucks and police personnel have also been placed along Jalan Parliament, the main road leading to the Parliament from the city centre.
Roadblocks have also been set up in various spots in the city, causing a massive traffic jam in the roads leading into the city.
Police personnel have also been placed at various spots to observe crowd movement.
Yesterday the police had obtained a court order to restrain Bersih and its supporters from gathering at Parliament today.
The order – the second of its kind following a similar order to ban the Nov 25 Hindraf rally – prohibited four named individuals and other Bersih supporters from attending or taking part in the gathering.
The named persons are PAS leaders Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, Mohamad Sabu and Adenaan Saad and Malaysian Trade Union Congress chief Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud.
The order also stipulated that “other interested parties” are also similarly prohibited from taking part in the gathering.
The Coalition for Clear and Fair Elections (Bersih) wants the government to withdraw the Constitutional Amendment Bill scheduled to be tabled tomorrow, which if passed, will see the current Election Commission (EC) chairperson’s tenure being extended by a year, to the new age limit of 66.
Despite the court order, Bersih leaders said that they would proceed their plan to hand over the memorandum.
Police have warned that anyone disobeying the court order would be arrested. In addition, they also warned that Bersih had failed to obtain a police permit, making any gathering illegal.
[Full report to follow]