JELEBU: It is better for the organisers of the Bersih 5 rally planned for Nov 19, to clean up the streets of Kuala Lumpur rather than make political demands, says Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Aziz.
He said this would be a much better use of the electoral watchdog’s time rather than taking to the streets, demanding for the same things time and again.
“Bersih 5, no problem. In fact, I was the one who tabled the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) as I believe in democracy, and that space must be given to anyone who wants to voice out their dissatisfaction.
“(But) let it (Bersih 5) be for different purposes than the ones used in the past. But if you want to carry out a ‘bersih’ campaign, then maybe we can do a programme to clean up the Kuala Lumpur area,” he said in an interview with FMT yesterday.
He said this in reference to Bersih 2.0 leader Maria Chin Abdullah announcing earlier that the rally would demand, among others, for the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak from office.
Nazri, who is also minister of tourism and culture, however said that if this was the goal of Bersih 5, the only way to do it legitimately was via elections, not street protests.
He also reminded Bersih 2.0 as organisers of the rally, to abide by the PAA’s provisions, that included among others, the job of obtaining permission from the owner of the venue they planned to use.
“If the location belongs to someone else, they must ask for the owner’s permission.
“Like Dataran Merdeka, it’s under Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). If DBKL says okay, then okay.
“Just like if you want to do it (rally) at the prime minister’s house, then ask the government.
“Or if (you want to do it) at (incarcerated former Opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim’s house in Segambut, then ask Anwar.”