With both groups planning to rally up on the 19th of November, Police Inspector General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar stated that he will not tolerate any confrontation between the ‘Red Shirts’ and the Bersih 5 protestors if they were to have one.
With the recent threat for a counter-demonstration from Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Mohd Yunos’ Red Shirt group against the Bersih 5 rally, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and his team are now keeping an eye out on them.
“We won’t allow any confrontation of that sort. Whatever it is, we would have to first review their applications and take action when the time comes,” commented the Police Inspector General. In addition to that, he stated both groups will have to follow the law under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
The police will not provide any special treatment to any groups coming up to rally, as long as they submit a request to the police for permission to hold their rallies 10 days prior to their day of rally then everything should be fine.
A request will be needed 10 days prior because police officers are required to facilitate the rally to make sure no confrontations happen. The police officers are also required to help assist in the rallies if necessary.
As long as these rally groups behave and follow the law, the rally may proceed without a problem.