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Hisham or police is lying? Who is the boss for internal security matter?

Hisham said the Bersih 3.0 sit-in is it not a security threat. A day later, the police issued another story by saying Bersih 3.0 sit-in is not allowed due to security reason.

Who is lying? Who is in-charge of internal security matter?

Hisham should resign because he is no longer functioning as the big boss for the police.

Bersih rally: Heavy police presence ‘unnecessary’

Gathering this Saturday not a security threat: M’sian Home Minister

KUALA LUMPUR – Heavy police presence is not needed for the Bersih rally this Saturday as it is not a security threat, Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday, while organisers of the electoral reforms group insisted that they will push through with the event in Merdeka Square.

Last year, in the run-up to the July 9 rally by Bersih, the opposition-supported Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, the Najib administration launched a nationwide crackdown on all related activities.

This resulted in scores of arrests, allegations that the Bersih movement was infiltrated by communist agents, and Mr Hishammuddin’s declaration that Bersih was an illegal organisation.

This time, Mr Hishammuddin has said the authorities will allow gatherings to be held as stipulated under the new Peaceful Assembly Act and will not deal with them as they did previous assemblies.

“There is no issue of security risk. There is not (a) need for excessive presence of the police,” he said.

He, however, warned that police officers from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) will be ready to take action should a “situation” arise next week.

“If the situation needs it, the FRU is ready,” he said.

Mr Hishammuddin said the ministry would not prevent the organisers from using the Bukit Jalil Stadium or Merdeka Stadium as alternative venues for the assembly, adding that they needed to make an application to the administration of the two stadiums.

Bersih’s request to hold a sit-in in the historic Merdeka Square was rejected by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, which said the venue was only for “national-level events”.

But Bersih co-chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan said there was too little time to change the venue.

“I have no mandate to change the venue without consulting the endorsing non-government organisations,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

“We will have to go back to them, but the problem we have is that we have very little time to make changes,” she added.

Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said the various NGOs under the Bersih umbrella plan to meet tonight to decide on their next move.

Mr Hishammuddin suggested that the KL City Hall offer alternative venues to Bersih and stressed that the group should be allowed to have a “peaceful assembly”.

In an interview with The Star, he also conceded that the federal government had overreacted to the rally last year.

“Yes, I think maybe we overdid it. But what happened in London (during the riots) when it was on fire? There was a lot of public outcry because of the lack of reaction from the enforcement agencies.

“If something went wrong during Bersih 2.0, the allegation that we were overreacting could well have been reversed.

“But we have learnt from it. For Bersih 3.0, we now have the statute. It is not about power, but the (Peaceful Assembly) Act has given me the confidence to carry out my duties wisely and responsibly, based on the law,” he said. Agencies

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Gopal Raj Kumar says:

A simple sit in for a clean election is now blown out of proportion by some brainless fellas. I salute Bersih 3 in their quest for freedom and justice The sacrifices they make Freedom comes with a price.

3.1 million voters were identified as potential non-resident voters by the National Registration Department in 2002. This data was given by NRD to the Election Commission but no action was taken by the EC to assess the magnitude of this problem. Is EC adding these bogus citizens for BN to win elections?

Every Friday and Selangor Public Holiday, KL traffic comes to a standstill due to shoppers and people congregating for their ‘happy hour’. Should we ban Selangor people from coming to KL? Or should we ban ‘happy hours’ on Friday too? The BN politicians have lost their conscience and they only speak for sake of supporting BN’s stand. Once they join BN, their brains seem to mul-function.

The KL mayor should cut the crab-talk and say downright that they will only allow government-consenting events to be held in Dataran Merdeka. If Dataran Merdeka does not symbolise a square of, and for the people, then I believe our forefathers will be turning in their graves, twice over. Bersih symbolises our independence from a government we did not elect. Symbolically, substantively, there’s no other place as relevant as Dataran for Bersih 3.0, unless the mayor and Hisham provides Bersih 3.0 Stadium Merdeka.