Police warn people to stay away from rallies in Brickfields


KUALA LUMPUR — The police have issued a strong warning for the people to stay away from two illegal rallies in ‘Little India’, Brickfields, tonight and tomorrow.

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said today the rallies are in protest against the proposed introduction of khat (Jawi calligraphy) in Tamil schools and against Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik. Zakir is alleged to have offended Hindus with a remark in Kelantan recently.

Mazlan said the police rejected the notices on the rallies sent to them because they were incomplete and did not meet the legal requirements.

“The police rejected the notices for security reasons and Kuala Lumpur City Hall has also not given permission for the rallies,” he told a press conference here.

He said that if the organisers persist on going ahead with the rallies, the participants will be arrested under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

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