Singapore police warn against illegal assembly supporting Bersih-led rally in Malaysia

Protesters taking photos in front of police barricades ahead of the Bersih-led rally in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 29, 2015.
Protesters taking photos in front of police barricades ahead of the Bersih-led rally in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Singapore Police Force issued an advisory yesterday warning the public against protesting over the weekend in support of the Bersih-led rally in Malaysia.

The statement said the police had been made aware of calls encouraging Malaysians living here to organise and participate in events related to the protests across the Causeway.

It reminded the public that such public assemblies without a police permit are illegal here and constitute an offence under the Public Order Act. Foreigners who break the law could have their visas or work passes terminated.

The statement added: "Foreigners working or living here have to abide by our laws. They should not import issues from their own countries into Singapore which can disturb public order."

Malaysia's Bersih plans to hold rallies in several cities this weekend to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Olivia Ho

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'S'pore police warn against illegal assembly'. Print Edition | Subscribe