Pengerusi bersama penganjur berkenaan, Ambiga Sreeenevasan berkata, BERSIH 2.0 melihat percanggahan dalam kelulusan yang diberikan untuk mengadakan perhimpunan tersebut.
Katanya lagi, pada masa yang sama, penganjur diberi nasihat untuk mendapatkan kebenaran bagi menggunakan Dataran Merdeka sebagai lokasi perhimpunan itu.
Bercakap ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini, Ambiga berkata BERSIH 2.0 berharap mereka tidak hanya diberikan alasan pada kali ini.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan menteri dalam negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yang mencadangkan supaya lokasi yang lebih sesuai dipilih untuk mengadakan perhimpunan tersebut.
Menteri hal ehwal undang-undang, Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz pula berkata perhimpunan itu boleh diteruskan namun perlu mendapat kebenaran daripada pemilik Dataran Merdeka.
Dataran Merdeka diselenggara Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.- malaysiakini.
Don't give us the run-around, again, says Ambiga...
The Bersih 2.0 coalition hopes that the authorities will not give it the run-around, as it did during the run-up to the mass rally it held on July 9 last year.
Its leader Ambiga Sreenevasan said this was because the coalition views cautiously the apparent go-ahead given by two cabinet ministers and their advice to seek permission to use Dataran Merdeka for as the Bersih 3.0 rally venue on April 28.
“I hope this is not a replay of what happened last year when we were given the run-around,” said Ambiga when contacted.
Yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein suggested that a “more suitable venue” be chosen.
De facto Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz said the rally could proceed, but called on the organisers to seek permission from the owners Dataran Merdeka’.
Dataran Merdeka is managed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Bersih to notify DBKL
Ambiga said that since the federal government had given the green light for the rally, it was thus a mere formality to ask DBKL for permission. She added that the Bersih steering committee would notify DBKL soon about the rally.
In July last year, the federal government had urged Bersih 2.0 to hold the rally in a stadium but not only refused to offer any stadium for the purpose and instead backtracked and urged the coalition to rally outside Kuala Lumpur.
Bersih was adamant that it would hold the rally at Stadium Merdeka, but when the venue was sealed off, about 15,000 of its supporters flooded the streets instead.
Subsequently, 1,667 protesters, including 16 children, were arrested for “disturbing the peace” and taking part in an “illegal gathering”.
The coming April 28 protest - the third by Bersih - was decided after the coalition found that the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform had failed to act on key problems raised, including a complete overhaul of the election system.
The PSC was formed as the government's reaction to the 2007 Bersih rally.- malaysiakini
Amaran Tsunami Ditarik Balik...
Tsunami alert on Penang and Port Dickson lifted
Mini tsunamis hit Meulaboh, Sabang...
“The tsunamis are a lot smaller than our prediction of three meter waves,” BMKG deputy of geophysics Prih Harjadi said in an interview with local TV on Wednesday.
The agency has extended the tsunami warning for another two hours since the latest aftershock, of a magnitude of 8.1, struck at 5:43 p.m.
Residents along the western coast of Sumatra are instructed to stay away from the shore until the tsunami warning is revoked.-jakartapost online
Southeast Asian nations issued tsunami alerts and urged people to move to safety away from coastlines after a massive 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra. This was followed by a second earthquake - the aftershock - of 8.2 magnitude two hours later.
Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Malaysia issued evacuation instructions as US monitors issued an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami watch after the quake, which according to the US Geological Survey struck off the coast of Sumatra at 4:38pm at a depth of 22km.
USGS had initially reported it as an 8.9-magnitude quake. The aftershock occured at 6.43pm.
An analyst at Indonesia's Geophysics and Meteorology agency said five of the nation's provinces - Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bengkulu and Lampung - were at potential risk.
Sri Lanka and India issued tsunami warnings while Thailand urged people on the Andaman coast, a popular tourist destination, to move to safety. Malaysia ordered a coastal evacuation.