IGP: No permit for Bersih, Red Shirts protests at Parliament

Inspector-General of Police Mohamed Fuzi Harun (third from right), presenting excellent service awards to police officers in Bukit Aman, says 30 police officers will be placed at the Parliament building to monitor the demonstrators.

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun says neither Bersih 2.0 nor the Jamal Yunos-led Red Shirts movement have been given any permit to protest in front of the Parliament building tomorrow.

He was commenting on the call by the electoral reform group for its supporters to gather at the road leading to Parliament tomorrow, and the counter-protesters that Jamal has promised to bring to the same location.

“Neither side requested for a permit to hold their protests but the police will be ready. We will take appropriate steps and monitor so that nothing happens.

“The security measures taken are not to cause problems but to ensure the security of Parliament,” he said in Bukit Aman today after presenting excellent service awards to police officers.

At a press conference last Saturday, Bersih 2.0 outreach officer Chan Tsu Chong said the group planned to submit a memorandum to Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, asking him to withdraw the Election Commission’s redelineation report from being tabled.

In response, Jamal was reported by Utusan Malaysia as saying that the Red Shirts movement will get 5,000 of its members to counter the gathering of “yellow shirts” at Parliament tomorrow.

Fuzi seemed unfazed over the possible trouble that could arise from both groups facing off, urging them to follow the rules and regulations should they wish to hold any protest.

“About 30 police officers will be placed at the Parliament building to monitor the demonstrators. I hope they don’t break the rules.

“We do not wish to take action but will do everything necessary to control any untoward incident from happening,” he said.

Meanwhile, asked about the preparations for the 14th general election (GE14), Fuzi said 70% of the police force, that is about 80,000 personnel, will be deployed for the polls nationwide.

“We also have reserve police if needed. So, yes, we are ready for GE14.”

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