Order to stop gathering at parliament

By Alang Bendahara and Jassmine Shadiqe
11 December, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have obtained a restraining order to stop a gathering at Parliament House today to deliver a memorandum against a constitutional amendment.

City deputy police chief SAC I Patrick Jiges Sijore said the order from the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court was against members of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and other parties.
The order — the second of its kind following a similar order to ban the Nov 25 Hindraf rally — prohibited four individuals and other Bersih supporters from attending or taking part in the gathering.
The four are Pas central committee member Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu, Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud and Adnan Saad.
The Bersih coalition 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, from 65 to the new age limit of 66.
Sijore also warned the public not to get involved in the gathering.
“The parties involved have never requested for any permit for the gathering nor have they had any meetings with us,” Sijore said.
“Whatever claims saying that the gathering is legal is not true. We will break up any illegal assembly.”
The gathering was planned to take place at 10am.
Meanwhile in Johor Baru, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan warned that police will arrest demonstrators at illegal rallies.
Commenting on the arrest of Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua, Musa said more leaders would be detained for organising and participating in the recent illegal rallies.
“If measures are not taken to curb the illegal rallies, the situation could get out of control,” he said.
“There is a possibility that some irresponsible parties are behind these rallies as the general election is just round the corner.
“These people have a hidden agenda.”