‘Free Anwar Campaign’ to proceed on Monday

(The Malay Mail) – Despite warnings from the police, organisers of the “901 Free Anwar Campaign” will proceed to stage a protest at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Jan 9.

It is believed scores of supporters will congregate outside the court as the verdict is rendered on Anwar’s Sodomy II trial.

Pakatan Rakyat (PKR) Youth Chief Shamsul Iskandar Amin told The Malay Mail that their only purpose was to encourage Malaysians to listen and receive first-hand information on the proceedings.

“We only wish to practise peaceful and legitimate democratic processes,” he assured, adding they merely want justice in the nation’s government.

“We understand there have been police reports lodged against the protest but under what pretext? Any concerns that it may escalate into unwanted incidents are unfounded.” He added that since it will be held in an open area, anyone can and should have the freedom to attend.

“The claims that we’re doing this out of disrespect for the court is untrue. We are not there to interfere with the decision-making process but to demonstrate the solidarity of supporters from all walks of life in backing Datuk Seri Anwar’s cause.”

He also mentioned they are open to discussions with the police if the need arises. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the police have so far received 486 reports against the campaign from non-governmental organisations, associations, politicians, businesses and individuals throughout the nation.

It had previously been reported on Monday, that the number of police reports so far was 168.

“We’ve received these reports from the first day the protest was planned until yesterday,” he told The Malay Mail.

“The police have also planned the necessary measures to keep the peace on Jan 9, involving all units.”

However, he was unable to give details on exactly what had been planned.

In previous reports, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had said they hoped over 100,000 people would attend the demonstration.

However, police officials had warned the public against taking part, citing it as unlawful and would threaten public order, and adding that action would be taken against those involved.

Banners were said to have been found in public places and various blog posts had also been inciting the public to join.