PUCHONG, Jan 22, 2016:

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has a piece of advice for the organiser of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) protest rally set to take place tomorrow at Dataran Merdeka.

He urged them to consult their legal advisers and look into the legal requirements for an assembly, as provisioned under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“Please be sure to fulfil all the requirements before submitting notice to the police.

“If they are doing it in accordance with the law, the police will assist the assembly,” he told reporters after attending a Community Policing (Cops) gathering here today.

It was reported on Jan 19 that an application to hold the rally had been rejected by the police.

Police said the application submitted by the organiser on Jan 12 was not approved due to a failure to present an authorisation letter from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Any organiser who wishes to conduct any rally has to abide by the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, which requires that the venue landowner’s authorisation is obtained.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on illegal gambling still taking place despite police raids, Khalid said the problem was nothing new and had been around for ages.

“We have requested for certain amendments to the law to be made, until then we will continue to strike against illegal gambling,” he said, without elaborating on the amendments.

He added illegal gambling would continue to exist as long the demand was there.

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