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Bersih 2.0 disappointed with IGP's decision

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 has expressed its disappointment with the decision of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to not allow the "Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy" rally to be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya.
"The reasons given by the IGP are flimsy and show that he failed to understand that, while the 10-day notice is given to inform the police under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the police do not have the authority to decide the venue or have the final say whether it will proceed or not," it said in a statement on Wednesday.
It said the police's role was to facilitate and protect the right to peaceful assembly and not to criminalise it.
The electoral watchdog said this in reference to Fuzi's decision to not allow the rally to be held on Oct 14. Fuzi said the rally could be held at the Kelana Jaya stadium.
"The right to peaceful assembly is an important part of a wider democratic process in Malaysia.
"The IGP and the government of Malaysia should listen to, and address the legitimate demands of the people and work together to address critical issues and improve living standards of everyday Malaysians," it said.
Bersih 2.0 urged Fuzi to allow the rally to go ahead and to assist in facilitating the gathering.
"Fuzi is in a prime position to mark a shift in the Royal Malaysian Police's approach toward public gatherings and rallies, compared to his iron-fist predecessor's approach of outlawing rallies in the past," it said.
It added that Fuzi proved that the police were ready for a change in recognising the right to assemble as seen in the 'Women Against Toxic Politics" gathering.
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