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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20, 2016:

After their application to hold a peaceful rally at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday was denied, the organisers of the anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) rally are continuing their efforts by turning to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for help.

The rally director, Kamarulzaman Mohamad, said after discussing with Dang Wangi district police chief Asst Commissioner Zainol Samah today, they failed to receive a notice to continue with the rally as they had not obtained approval from DBKL.

Kamarulzaman said they had also applied to the office of the Federal Territories Minister for consideration and approval.

“We hope to get approval from DBKL tomorrow following the appeal which was sent this morning,” he said after being called to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.

He claimed DBKL was unwilling to approve rallies at Dataran Merdeka as it was gazetted for events that had the mayor’s approval.

Kamarulzaman also guaranteed that the rally would go on and would abide by the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and DBKL guidelines.

“We plead to the public to attend and not to worry because we will ensure the laws are followed,” he said.

The rally, organised by NGOs Bantah TPPA, Gabungan Mahasiswa and Kongress Rakyat, hopes to attract 20,000 participants. It will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bantah TPPA deputy director Azlan Awang confrmed that political parties from the Pakatan Harapan coalition would attend the rally.

In other developments, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said she was called to the district police headquarters to have a statement recorded and discuss the rally.

“I was called because my statements on the rally were published in a portal.

“Additionally, it was a discussion regarding peaceful rallies and the need for permits.”

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