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'Planned rally in KL not plot to overthrow govt'

Publication Date : 27-12-2013


A students' movement has stressed that its planned protest in Kuala Lumpur on New Year's Eve is not a plot to "overthrow the government".

Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) chairman Mohamed Bukhairy Sofian said the gathering was organised to address the rising cost of living.

"This will be a peaceful gathering as provided for in Article 10 of the Malaysian Constitution.

"We also urge the government to keep the promises made during the last elections, (and) to stop all the wastage and leakages that have to be borne by the rakyat," he said in a statement Friday.

Mohamed Bukhairy said the gathering's organisers, collectively known as Gerakan3112-Turun, were supported by other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun).

He added that the group had identified Sogo, Masjid Jamek, and Central Market as "check-points" for protesters to meet before the protest.

"We will meet at the three check-points from 9pm onwards, and start walking towards Dataran DBKL at exactly 10pm.

"After the three groups have assembled, we will head towards Dataran Merdeka.

"We hope this gathering will be an effective signal to the Government, to show that students will not stay silent if those in power bully the rakyat," he said.

Last week, Turun chairman Azan Safar clarified that the student protest had no connection with another planned gathering, allegedly to overthrow the Government, to be held at Dataran Merdeka on New Year's Eve.

Azan, however, was arrested on Wednesday to be investigated under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act and Section 124B of the Penal Code "for activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy".


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