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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 ― Dang Wangi district police chief Zainol Samah today declined to comment on #Merah169 leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos warning that a riot could occur at Petaling Street if the traders there are not punished.
Zainol assured the public, however, that they need not worry for their safety as the police will take action against individuals who break the law.
“Anyone who breaks the law, police will take action. We will monitor all the hotspots. Tell the public they have nothing to worry about,” he said in a brief phone interview with Malay Mail Online.
He added that the police have yet to receive any notification from Jamal about the rally this Saturday.
Earlier today, Jamal warned that if authorities did not take action against Petaling Street traders who were allegedly selling fake goods, this will inevitably force “red shirt” protesters to return there this Saturday and possibly “riot”.
Despite warnings by the authorities for the group to abandon its plan to hold a rally there, the Umno Sungai Besar division chief said he “was told” that many as 5,000 people are ready to gather at the tourist hotspot should the government fail to move in.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim today said there was no approval for the gathering this Saturday, and that police personnel will take the necessary steps ahead of the purported rally.
State news agency Bernama also reported the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz as saying last night that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will “definitely” not allow the rally to take place at Petaling Street as it was “against the law.”
The #Merah169 rally to defend Malay honour on September 16 turned briefly chaotic when police fired water cannons on protesters trying to force their way into Petaling Street.