PETALING JAYA: A police clampdown on the TangkapMO1 rally, planned for Aug 27 at Dataran Merdeka, is proof that the subject is a sensitive issue for people in power, according to Amanah communications director Khalid Samad.
The rally, organised by a student group, seeks to reveal the identity of the unnamed ‘Malaysian Official 1’ stated in a civil suit by the US
Justice Department over funds allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Khalid told FMT that the prospective police action against the rally was “disappointing” as there should be more openness and freedom especially since the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 notes that police permits for mass assemblies are not required.
The rally, dubbed #TangkapMO1 by the organisers, Gerakan Anak Muda, is to reveal the identity of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ and for him to be brought to justice.
He said the police did not seem to mind rallies on other issues “but when it comes to rallies pertaining to the US law suits and 1MDB, and Malaysian Official 1, it seems to touch a raw nerve with the authorities”.
Khalid, who is MP for Shah Alam, said he was pleased that the students will proceed with the rally even without police permission.
The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, was reported as saying that the police will not allow the rally to be held at Dataran Merdeka because the organiser did not obtain permission from Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
However, Gerakan Anak Muda have said that the rally will go ahead.
Media reports yesterday said three students were detained by police at the Universiti Teknologi Mara campus in Seri Iskandar when they attempted to enter the grounds to promote the rally.
Teresa Kok, MP for Seputeh, agreed with Khalid Samad. She said the police seemed particularly troubled with the Tangkap MO1 rally.
“It makes people wonder why the police are so sensitive when it comes to the Malaysian Official 1. Who is he?” she said.