KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police will not allow a rally planned by pro-Malay rights individuals for Sept 16 due to safety concerns, Deputy Inspector-General Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said on Monday (Sept 7).
The protest, dubbed the "Red Shirt" rally, is said to be planned by ruling Umno and opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) members as a counter to a recent mass rally by electoral reform group Bersih demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over alleged financial scandals, Malaysian Insider reported.
The news portal said the "Red Shirt" rally is also being planned to express anger over footage of Bersih rally participants stomping on pictures of Najib and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
"We don't allow this rally because of security implications," the deputy inspector-general said, adding that he was not sure if the rally organisers had sent the police any notice about holding the event.
"All assemblies must notify police and get permission from the owner of the premise or owner of the area. Without (the owner's) permission, police cannot give approval.
"So it becomes an assembly that is against the law," he was quoted as saying.
He said in the event that the assembly goes ahead as planned, the police will ensure there is no disruption to public peace or vandalism.
Bernama news agency reported that information on the rally was disseminated through the internet and instant messaging. It is planned to be held in Kuala Lumpur for 12 hours from noon on Sept 16 and participants were told to wear red.
The Star Online reported earlier that Umno minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he would send members to join the rally in his capacity as the Bera Umno division chief, He had gained notoriety in recent months over his calls for Malays to boycott Chinese traders and his proposals for a Malay-only “Low Yat 2” electronics mall.