Taxi drivers warned not to violate Peaceful Assembly Act

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim says action will be taken against those who flout the law.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have warned taxi drivers’ associations not to violate the law, including conducting unauthorised gatherings which result in traffic disruption in the capital.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said those found to have breached the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 would face stern action.

“Police have advised them to submit their applications to the police 10 days prior to holding the proposed rally.

“However, the peaceful assembly must also comply with certain conditions, including choosing a proper location such as Padang Merbok, and not in public places which can cause traffic disruption,” he said after attending the High Profile Policing programme for shopping malls around Jalan Bukit Bintang here today.

The planned rally by taxi drivers at Padang Merbok today was postponed to next Wednesday.

The taxi-drivers’ representative, Shamsubahrin Ismail, said this was because they were still in the process of obtaining approval from the authorities.

In 2016, about 500 taxi drivers protested against e-hailing services, such as Grab, in some of the capital’s main tourist locations, leading to several arrests by the police.