PETALING JAYA: The Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 (TMO1) rally will proceed at Dataran Merdeka, despite Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar advising the organisers to find another venue.
Speaking to FMT, TMO1 spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof said the venue for the rally would not be changed.
She said Dataran Merdeka, a significant landmark for all Malaysians, belonged to Malaysians.
She said those attending TMO1 had every right to assemble peacefully and guaranteed that there would be no untoward incidents.
“We just want to gather and tell the authorities to catch Malaysian Official One. We are not gathering to create chaos.”
Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, whose organisation will also be taking part in the rally, echoed similar sentiments.
“My view is that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should allow public interest events to be held at Dataran Merdeka.”
She said that Dataran Merdeka was significant to all Malaysians and symbolised independence.
She added that as long as the students did not enter the lawn area of Dataran Merdeka, she did not think DBKL could deny them the right to assemble.
Earlier today, it was reported that Khalid told TMO1 organisers to find an alternative venue after DBKL, the owner of Dataran Merdeka, declined permission for the rally to be held there.
Thus, Khalid said, holding the rally there would be an offence.
Khalid said police would try to accommodate the organisers if they could find a new venue due to the short timeframe.
TMO1 is being organised by a group of students who plan to hold it on Aug 27 at Dataran Merdeka.
They are targeting some 10,000 participants to join them in pressuring the authorities to arrest and charge “Malaysian Official 1″ (MO1).
MO1 was mentioned in the lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) to seize assets allegedly purchased by several individuals using funds said to have been misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).