Malaysian police say no to Pakatan Harapan field rally planned for this weekend

Pakatan Harapan had planned to hold the rally at the Padang Timur field on Saturday.
Pakatan Harapan had planned to hold the rally at the Padang Timur field on Saturday.PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police said on Wednesday (Oct 11) it will not accept the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance's application to hold a rally at a field in Petaling Jaya this weekend.

PH had planned to hold the rally at the Padang Timur field on Saturday.

"We made a decision yesterday. We will not accept the application for various reasons," said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun on Wednesday.

He added that police had received a few reports from residents living in the area.

"If I'm not wrong, there are at least four reports. I was informed that 20,000 people are expected to attend but the capacity for the venue is only 10,000," he said, noting that overcrowding could cause congestion in the locality.

Fuzi, however, added that the rally could be held at the Kelana Jaya Stadium.

"If it is possible, they can hold it at the Kelana Jaya Stadium. I feel that it will be more organised and be easier for the organisers and us to control the crowd," he said.

"If they don't accept our suggestion, it is up to them," Fuzi said, adding that police would take action in accordance with the law.