MALACCA: The organisers of Bersih 5 deliberately do not follow the rules under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 because they want to attract world attention, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the organisers wanted to show the world that the local authorities here were supposedly restricting the rights of the people to free speech and assembly.
“My advice is to follow the rules under the Act, why is that so difficult? They (Bersih) like it if we use the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) to bring out the water cannons, they like it that way.
“Our country has laws, it is not a ‘cowboy’ state…if they (the organisers) stick to their decision to break the law, then be ready to face the consequences,” he told a press conference held today.
Khalid said Bersih 5 organisers should follow the proper channels before organising any gathering. He said this included applying for and obtaining a permit to use the location of their choice.
“The law requires that notice be submitted 10 days before the event is held, and permission be obtained from the owner of the venue. If not there are many other places to hold the event other than Kuala Lumpur. So just obey the regulations, what is so difficult about that?” he asked.
Asked to comment on former ministers and members of parliament who allegedly divulged government secrets in Parliament recently, he urged all parties including civil servants to be careful before making any statement.
“Sometimes they use Parliament as an excuse for saying anything, but when it involves government secrets, we have to be careful because there are implications. When government secrets are disclosed, it could threaten national security and the economy.
“I advise government staff, either those who are still working or have left the service, to be very careful and responsible about whatever statements they make because if they disclose government secrets, action will be taken (against them),” he said.
Commenting on the case of a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer who was alleged to have assaulted his wife in Johor, he said police were investigating the matter.
A video clip of the assault went viral on social media recently.
“So far, we have received three reports against him and found him to be involved in drugs. We are now tracking him down to detain him,” he said.
Asked about the preparations of the police to ensure security during the Malaysia Cup final this Sunday, he said police had sufficient members to ensure the game would run smoothly as they were prepared for any untoward incidents.
“Do not do anything to disturb other people, support your team in the proper way, do not be uncivilised,” he said.
Earlier, Khalid launched the Royal Malaysia Police’s Innovation Day 2016 celebrations which was also attended by Malacca police chief Ramli Din.
The celebrations were held with the cooperation of various agencies including the Malacca state government, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
The celebrations are held every year as a show of appreciation and acknowledgement of police staff and members of the public who have successfully translated ideas and creativity to produce innovations that have a big impact on the development of the organisation.