SHAH ALAM, 8 Jan: National Chief of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar promised that the police would give full cooperation to the organisers of the People’s Uprising Assembly so that the gathering can take place peacefully.
This guarantee is greeted with optimism and openness by the organisers who held a meeting for an hour with Ismail at Bukit Aman this evening.
PKR Secretary-General Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who joined the meeting said that the police this time promised to play the role of being the facilitator.
This is in line with the guidelines set by the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 to ensure that previous chaos will not repeat.
“Tan Sei Ismail personally invited us to gather to create a historical moment in the country where the police and organisers can work together in a peaceful protest.
“They also admitted to past mistakes and are determined to learn from their weaknesses and to not repeat them after this,” said Saifuddun when contacted today by TV Selangor.
The assembly which is being driven by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is expected to attract a million participants this Saturday.
The organisers are still asking Permodalan Nasional Berhad to use the National Stadium but until now, there has been no response form PNB,
Commenting on the location of the assembly which is to be held on January 12, Saifuddin, who is also the Machang MP said that till now they have not received any news regarding the approval to use Merdeka Stadium.
“We will wait until 1 pm tomorrow, if there is still no response, we will announce the location of the assembly at a press conference at 4 pm tomorrow at the PAS headquarters.
“The Police Chief aso have asked about this matter, and we have told him that we will inform him as soon as we come to a final decision tomorrow,” he added.
Besides Saifuddin, Pakatan Rakyat leaders also present at the meeting with the IGP this evening was the PAS Deputy President, Mohamad Sabu, Central DAP Committee Member, Datuk Teng Chang Kim and Bersih NGO activist Maria Chin Abdullah and Hishamuddin Rais.
Ismail was accompanied by his deputy, Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar, Director of Internal Security and Public Order, Datuk Salleh Mat Rashid and Bukit Aman special branch officers.