KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — Police will divert traffic at six major roads in the city tomorrow, when a rally to protest against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki has been planned.
According to national news agency Bernama, the police also said the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court has issued an order prohibiting gatherings at Dataran Merdeka, Sogo and Masjid Jamek for a week starting tomorrow.
A coalition of political parties and non-governmental organisations have planned a #TangkapAzamBaki rally in part of the city tomorrow, to demand the arrest of the MACC chief over allegations of corruption.
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Noor Dellhan Yahaya said the roads were Jalan Kuching, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Imbi, and Jalan Sultan Ismail, with the diversions to start at 7am.
He also said train stations connecting to the planned gathering areas will be closed, affecting the lines of the MRT, both LRTs, the KL Monorail, and KTM.
“To ensure public safety and public order, including from risk of being infected with Covid-19, police will be conducting several enforcement actions, including road diversion,” he was quoted as saying by the Malaysiakini news portal.
The police official said the planned gatherings tomorrow would be in violation of the National Recovery Plan for Covid-19 as well as the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, pointing out that no organiser has come forth to provide the required notice under the law.
Noor Dellhan also said 16 people including five politicians have been called in for questioning over the #TangkapAzamBaki rally.
The #TangkapAzamBaki movement emerged earlier this month after the MACC chief commissioner finally responded to allegations that he had quietly amassed millions of shares.
In a press conference earlier this month, Azam claimed he had allowed his younger brother, Nasir Baki, to use his stock trading account to buy millions worth of shares in two public-listed companies back in 2015.
This triggered a Securities Commission investigation as the act was considered proxy trading, which was against the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act (SICDA).
However, the SC said this week that it found no evidence of proxy trading in Azam’s share trading account, effectively contradicting the MACC chief’s version of events.