Police to take action against organisers of peaceful May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur

Protesters holding placards during a May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 1, 2016.
Protesters holding placards during a May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 1, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (May 1) ended without incident, but the authorities said they will be taking action against its organisers.

"The notice they (the organisers) gave us did not follow the stipulations of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

"We will take necessary action according to the law," said Dang Wangi police district chief Asst Comm Zainol Samah.

The rally, which started at 12.30pm, ended just two hours after it started.

The crowd of a few hundred started the march at Maju Junction and stopped at Medan Pasar.

 

Following speeches by a few representatives, 17 demands were read out.

These include controlling the rising cost of living, upholding Orang Asli and students' rights as well as preserving the environment.

They also called for an increase in affordable housing and to abolish laws that deny basic human rights.

"Among our demands is for the Government to create a special 'workers' retrenchment fund' so that workers are paid if employers go bankrupt," said Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) deputy chairman M. Saraswathy.

She added that they wanted the Government to implement a RM1,500 minimum wage and cost of living allowance.

There were 116 organisations that endorsed the rally, including PSM, People's Service Organisation (PSO), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Women's Aid Organisation.

After the rally ended, organisers asked participants to clean up after themselves before dispersing.