Despite peaceful rally, cops to crack down on May Day demonstrators (VIDEO)

A participant holds a flag as he marches during a rally held in conjunction with Labour Day in Kuala Lumpur May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A participant holds a flag as he marches during a rally held in conjunction with Labour Day in Kuala Lumpur May 1, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — Police said today they will take action against participants in the Labour Day march which proceeded unhampered through the national capital’s streets earlier this morning, under the watchful eyes of officers on duty.

Dang Wangi district police chief Zainol Samah said the rally, co-organised by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit), had failed to comply with the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 and was illegal.

“The notice given did not follow POA 2012. Action will be taken according to the law,” the senior policeman said in a statement.

According to official police estimates, between 250 and 300 people participated in the May Day street demonstration.

The rally calling for the minimum wage to be increased to RM1,500 from the current RM1,000 in the peninsula and RM920 in Sabah and Sarawak kicked off at 10.30am outside the Maju Junction Mall on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and continued to Dataran Merdeka before ending at about 12.30pm at Medan Pasar.

PSM secretary-general A. Sivarajan was confident the organisers had not flouted the law.

“We already had a discussion with the police before and we have given them notice way before the required period.

“They also have given us a letter to allow us to go ahead with the rally,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

Sivarajan, however, said the organisers would cooperate with the police in their investigations.

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