PETALING JAYA: Sept 14, 2008 By ANDREW SAGAYAM
The police have issued a permit for Pakatan Rakyat’s mass gathering on Monday at the Kelana Jaya stadium.
The gathering is titled “Perhimpunan Perdana Sambutan Hari Malaysia” (Mass gathering to celebrate Malaysia Day), but websites related to the opposition alliance suggest the rally is being held to demand the release Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok who are being held under the Internal Security Act.
Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police have approved the permit for the gathering but reminded those taking part to listen to orders that may be issued by police.
“We advise the organisers and their supporters to observe the law at all times.
“Due to the huge number of people expected to attend the rally, precautions have been taken and the police will be prepared for all possibilities during the gathering,” he said after attending the “Balik Kampung - Rumah Selamat” campaign at Summit shopping complex in USJ here on Sunday.
About 30,000 supporters are expected to gather for the 7pm rally to call for the release of the two still detained. A third, journalist Tan Hoon Cheng from Sin Chew Daily, was freed on Saturday.