Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today insisted that Bersih failed to comply with regulations under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for its planned Nov 19 rally.
He pointed out that the notice submitted by Bersih to both the Dangi Wangi and Brickfields district police headquarters was to rally at Dataran Merdeka.
However, Bersih had since said it will not enter Dataran Merdeka but will gather in the vicinity after the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said it will not consent for the venue to be used.
Khalid said this change was not notified to the police.
"We were made to understand that since no consent letter was obtained (form DBKL), the organiser decided to assemble outside Dataran Merdeka.
"But to date, no notice regarding the change of venue has been submitted to the police," he said in a statement today.
Furthermore, Khalid said the old notices also did not comply with the prerequisite of the PAA.
"The respective OCPDs were unable to process the notices since not all the prerequisites for a proper notice were adhered to by the organiser.
"A such, if the organiser proceeds with the said assembly, it would be an offence of failure to give notice under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012," he said.
Khalid added that the same procedure applied to Bersih's ongoing roadshow.
Earlier today, Bersih accused Khalid of making false statements for claiming the movement did not comply with the PAA.
Bersih said it had submitted notices as required under the PAA for all its events, including the upcoming Nov 19 rally
Protesters are expected to gather at Dataran Maybank on Jalan Bangsar and Masjid Negara before marching to the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka for the Bersih 5 rally.- Mkini