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Firm action awaits demonstrators: IGP

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Feb 2009: Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police will take firm action against those involved in illegal gatherings or demonstrations in Perak following political uncertainty in the state.

“I hope party supporters will not stage gathering as they only inconvenience the people and disturb public order. Party leaders should calm the supporters and advise them not to break the law,” he told Bernama here today.

The IGP was commenting on rumours that the opposition would hold gatherings and demonstrations to protest the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat state government after four state assemblypersons defected to Barisan Nasional (BN).

The four who defected were Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering), both from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) from DAP and Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim (Bota).

There were also rumours that SMSes had been circulating asking opposition party supporters to converge on Ipoh for a demonstration.

Musa said those who flout the law would face action under section 27 of Police Act for illegal assembly.

Police and the General Operations Force (GOF) had been put on alert for any eventuality in certain locations in Perak.

“The situation in Perak is still under control. Police will continue to safeguard security when needed,” he added. — Bernama


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