KUALA LUMPUR : Jul 13, 2008 By Charles Ramendran
Parliamentary opposition leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leading a group of Pakatan Rakyat MPs to submit a motion of no confidence against the prime minister to Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia waiting for approval in 24 hours.
Police have obtained a court order to restrain Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat supporters from gathering at a planned rally to express no confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at Parliament House tomorrow.
According to police, the court order explicitly prohibits Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat supporters from assembling or being within a 5km radius of Parliament House.
Brickfields deputy police chief Supt Azri Abdul Rahman said the court order will be displayed at various public areas to warn them.
He added that the notice is also being displayed nationwide as police have information that supporters from other states are also expected to turn up for the rally.
Azri urged those planning to take part in the gathering scheduled for 10am to stay away from the illegal assembly and warned that police will not hesitate to take action against them as the organisers of the planned rally had not applied for a police permit to hold an assembly.
In anticipation of the rally, police set up at least a dozen roadblocks from Saturday night at main roads leading to the city to weed out suspected participants.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohd Sabtu Osman was quoted in a press conference on Saturday as saying that all roads leading to the Parliament House will be closed as early as 7am tomorrow except those authorised to enter the building.
PKR information chief and Sentul MP Tian Chua when contacted, said the police are being paranoid about the situation as the PR coalition only intends to table a motion of no confidence against Abdullah and had not called for a rally.