Cops query lack of DBKL approval for Ummah rally

PETALING JAYA: Police are to call up the organisers of the Ummah rally that was held in Kuala Lumpur earlier today for not providing them with all the necessary documents required by law.

Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd Fahmi Visuvanathan said the organisers had failed to submit an approval letter from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“The organisers did give the police a notice (of wanting to hold the rally) as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act,” he told FMT. “But in the same Act, supporting documents are needed,” he said. “So, the notice provided was not complete.”

Over 1,000 people, including leaders from Umno and PAS, thronged the city centre earlier today to “defend Islam’s sovereignty” and to protest against several issues including the Rome Statute and the recent arrest of a popular preacher.

Fahmi said the rally went on without a hitch, with no unwanted incidents taking place throughout the entire rally. No arrests were made, he added.

The crowd, some of whom arrived at noon, marched to the Sogo shopping complex from Masjid Jamek, carrying placards and shouting “Hidup Islam” (“Long Live Islam”). Some also carried banners in support of the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who is one of the more vocal critics of the Rome Statute.

A spokesperson for Ummah has since acknowledged that DBKL had not responded to their application for the rally, according to Malaysiakini.

“We did submit (an application) to DBKL but we didn’t get a response which is why we didn’t submit it (to the police). If the police want to investigate that’s okay. What is important was that there wasn’t a riot,” said Ummah secretariat chairperson Aminuddin Yahya.

Ummah deputy chairman Kamaruzaman Mohamad earlier today said today’s rally was to address issues which threatened both the country’s sovereignty and the special position of Islam.

The gathering also demanded justice for fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who died after the riots sparked by the relocation of a temple last year. It was also held in protest against the arrest of preacher Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu for allegedly insulting Hinduism. He was released yesterday on police bail.