Perkasa submits permit application for stadium rally

(The Malaysian Insider) – Perkasa today submitted its permit application to the police to hold its anti-Bersih rally this Saturday, Datuk Ibrahim Ali said.

The Perkasa president said that the group submitted the application to hold its “Gerak Aman” rally at Stadium Titiwangsa at 3pm today at the Sentul district police station.

“The delay in sending the permit application was caused by the difficulty in obtaining a closed area, especially a stadium. Perkasa is still waiting for the approval from the management of Stadium Titiwangsa as well as the Kuala Lumpur municipal hall (DBKL),” Ibrahim said in a statement today.

The pint-sized politician said that time was of the essence and “begged” the police to approve the permit application.

“This is a peaceful gathering for people to protest against the illegal Bersih (rally) which is receiving foreign funds to ruin the good name of the country,” added Ibrahim.

The Malay rights group had initially applied to three stadiums in the capital city for its own rally.

The police have however obtained court orders to prevent 91 persons associated with Bersih, Umno Youth and Perkasa from entering Kuala Lumpur this Saturday, and also to shut down city roads, to effectively paralyse any attempts to rally on the day. Ibrahim is among the 91 persons barred from entering the city.

Others include Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah.

The persons named in the court orders will be arrested on sight.

The individuals named in the orders include 66 from Bersih, 14 from Perkasa and 11 from Umno Youth.