The police have announced that the Janji Demokrasi gathering tonight is against the law.

NONEOrganising committee member Maria Chin Abdullah, when contacted, confirmed that Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad sent her an official letter about an hour ago.

"I received the letter around 2.15pm by hand. A few policemen came," she told Malaysiakini.

Regardless, she said Gabungan Janji, a coalition of 47 NGOs, would still go to Dataran Merdeka despite the letter.

In case the rally’s participants are barred from entering the historic field, she said the committee would then ask people to “celebrate where they are.”

“This is a Merdeka celebration, people can celebrate it anywhere in town. We hope that they will wear yellow.

“We just want to celebrate Merdeka, but the police are making it difficult,” she said.

The letter said that the rally is illegal because the organisers have failed to give Zainuddin advance notice of the rally and for failing to obtain permission from the venue’s owner, Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Both conditions are required under Section 9(1) and Section 11 of the Public Assembly Act 2012, respectively.

In addition, Zainuddin wrote that the rally would affect the preparations for tomorrow morning’s Merdeka Day celebrations.

Participants reminded of do’s and dont’s

However, Maria rebutted, insisting that the rally would not disturb the official Merdeka celebrations.

"We are not there to disturb the official Merdeka celebration. That's why we chose (the) fountain which is very, very far from the celebration," she said.

NONEFollowing the receipt of the letter, Gabungan Janji’s Facebook page issued a notice informing would-be participants of the letter and reminded them of several do’s and don’ts.

These are: No banners or placards; no provocation; no loudspeakers; do not approach RTM’s broadcasting equipment and for participants to follow the organiser’s instructions.

The rally, meant to remind the government of unfulfilled promises for clean and fair elections, was slated to be held on the northern corner of Dataran Merdeka, at 10pm today, but was later changed to 11pm.

Its name is a play of the government’s official theme for the national day celebrations, ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promises Delivered).

On the field nearby, an officially-sanctioned countdown is to take place while parades are also scheduled for tomorrow morning in the same area.

Meanwhile, Preserving Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bukit Bintang Committee chairperson Stanley Yong told Malaysiakini that as of 4pm, he has yet to receive any letter from the police and its plans tonight will continue.

The committee intends to hold a march to Dataran Merdeka from Gospel Hall church, near Jalan Sultan, at 8.30pm tonight to pressure the government to preserve the street from the effects of construction works for the MRT project.- malaysiakini

Lavish prizes used to garner Merdeka Day support...
Although availability of public seats inside Stadium Nasional for the federal government’s National Day celebration is uncertain, the ability to score lucky draw numbers for the mammoth event seems more probable.

According to a post on the 55 Tahun Merdeka, Janji Ditepati Facebook page, in order to stand a chance to win many of the lucrative prizes, one merely has to collect a red card from the local Information Department branch.

When contacted, the ministry’s Public Relations Department spokesperson Jasminawati Jamin confirmed that the website is authentic.

NONEThe 55 Tahun Merdeka, Janji Ditepati Facebook page indicated that the top prize offered is the pride of the current Proton fleet - the Preve.

Also up for grabs are four motorcycles manufactured by another local automotive brand, Modenas.

But oddly enough, the other prizes does not have the same nationalistic flavour.

These foreign makes include a Chevrolet Cruze, a Vespa scooter, 50 Huawei tablet computers, 10 fixie bicycles and three Blackberry smartphones.

Stranger still, another prize consist of two return tickets to London - the capital of the very country from which Malaya gained independence 55 years ago.

Final prize line-up

The range of prizes is different from what was promised during a technical briefing by the Information Department yesterday.

The ministry's Selangor Culture and Arts Department director Ghazali Bidin told reporters yesterday that prizes also included an Apple iPhone 4S and the company’s latest iPads.

Jasminawati explained that this is because the information presented yesterday was preliminary, and the prizes listed on the Facebook page is the final prize line-up.

Ghazali also explained that the lucky draw event and other entertainment activities will kick off after 10.30pm tomorrow night when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to hold a walkabout-cum-meet-and-greet with people outside the stadium.

He said that this was to discourage the crowd inside the stadium from leaving and causing congestion outside.

According to the Information Department, those outside will be able to follow the proceedings by huddling in tents laid out in the stadium carpark.

According to the seating arrangement plan shown to the media on Monday, all the seats have been allocated to VIPs, BN component party members, civil servants, schoolchildren and other specially-picked groups, leaving no room for members of the public.

However, the Information Department has been on an aggressive drive - including sending phone text messages - to encourage people to attend the event.- malaysiakini

 The Redeemer - With or without permit , we will all go to KL/Dataran Merdeka and have a good outing . Nothing can stop the people from celebrating our independence day!

Zaidul Khairi - ESOK nak sambut MERDEKA. MALAM NI nak berhimpun, PAGI baru bagitau tak boleh, awat tak bagitau pukul lapan malam kang kat TV 3SUKU baru betul2 "cepat, mesra & betul"

Mano - Jom pergi rally Janji Demokrasi-RAMAI-RAMAI.Let us send clear signals to BN/UMNO

Anonymous #62163581 - There's more than one way to skin a cat. Let Mat Samad read his poem in the middle of Dataran. Folks gather not in a group but a single file and walk round and round the Dataran during the count down to M. Day. All in yellow. All in silence. Can they call this illegal? We can call it 'Walking for Freedom'. Until we have Fair and Free Elections. I'm sure Malaysians can think up many ways to skin BN and not let them dictate how we celebrate Merdeka.

Taming Kuat - Jom kuningkan dataran