(File pix) Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim. Bernama Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will take the necessary action against the organisers of the ‘Sayangi Malaysia, Hapuskan Kleptokrasi’ rally if they insist on holding the event at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim also said the rally could not proceed at the original venue as residents in the area had objected to it being held there.

“There are three factors here. The first is the people’s safety, followed by road congestion near the venue. Finally, we have laws,” he said here today.

Noor Rashid made it clear that the police will take the “necessary action” if the rally proceeded without approval.

“I do not want to comment on the action but it will be in accordance with existing laws.

“The police have the responsibility to maintain public order, just as how the organisers have social and legal responsibilities,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun yesterday said the rally organisers had been advised to shift the event to the Kelana Jaya Stadium.

The Pakatan Harapan-led rally is scheduled to take place at Padang Timur from 4pm till midnight this Saturday.

However, Pakatan Harapan deputy president Mohamad Sabu yesterday said the opposition pact would proceed with the rally despite not obtaining police approval.

On another matter, Noor Rashid advised Malaysian NGOs Coalition chairman Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos not to interfere with the rally.

“We have engaged with Jamal. If he does anything, we will see if he commits any offences and action will be taken against him.

“My advice to him is to not disturb the rally and to not cause any trouble,” he said.

Jamal, who is also the leader of the Red Shirts movement, had said he planned to sell fish at the rally.

He had also said he would bring 10 tonnes of fish to sell at RM5 a kilogramme.

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