Jul 13, 2008

Rally Allowed Beyond 5Km of Parliament House?

Latest from New Straits Times which reads "No rally allowed within 5km of Parliament House tomorrow" The report says that the police have obtained a court order barring any rally from being held within a five-kilometre radius of Parliament House tomorrow. The ex-parte order was obtained from magistrate Nazran Mohd Sham of the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

The order, which was applied for by Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Sofian Md Yassin, specifically prohibits Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters from being in the area as well as holding any rally or participating in it.

This is something new to me and since when did the police need to get a court order to stop any public demonstration or rally?

Most major roads into the city experienced traffic jams this afternoon as police continued an operation, codenamed Ops Padam, which began at 2pm yesterday.The police blockade mounted at 12 entry points, including the Federal Highway near the Kota Darul Ehsan arch and the Damansara-Puchong Expressway, had reduced traffic flow to a crawl.

It is learnt that policemen at the road blocks were told to be on the lookout for buses or vehicles carrying flags or banners of a particular political party.Any vehicle with people wearing T-shirts or carrying posters of the political party would be stopped from entering the city.City police chief Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman told media yesterday that the roadblocks would continue until further notice.

(Update)13th July 11pm

Court Order Served

The court order have been served on Dato Seri Anwar at his home barring him and his supporters from within 5 km of the Parliament.

(Update)14thJuly 10.45am

Massive Traffic Jams in Kuala Lumpur due to the Police Roadblock to prevent any Demonstration and Rally as the public awaits the outcome of the "No Confidence Motion" from the Parliament House expected to be tabled at about 12pm.

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