Perak showdown: Court order bars gatherings within 500m

(The Star) – The police have obtained a court order to stop people from gathering within 500m of the state secretariat building during the State Assembly sitting on Thursday.

Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said the magistrate’s court here granted the ex-parte injunction to Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Azisman Alias on Wednesday.

Named as respondents in the application were members and supporters of PKR, DAP, PAS and Barisan Nasional, and members of the public.

According to the injunction granted under Section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code, all respondents were prohibited and warned not to be present or take part in any gathering within a 500m radius of the building’s gates.

DCP Zulkifli said copies of the injunction would be put up in areas surrounding the building.

“We want people to know so that they can avoid going to these restricted areas if unnecessary,” he said during a press conference.

He, however, assured those working or studying in the restricted areas that they would be allowed into the area by the police.

“This will continue until the State Assembly sitting is adjourned,” he added.

Prior to obtaining the injunction, police had asked political party leaders to advise their supporters to stay away from the building.

“I would like to remind the people that they are not allowed to hold gatherings anywhere without police permits,” he said, noting that to date, police had not received any applications for such permits.

Asked how many police would be on duty, he said: “We have enough manpower.”