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(File pix) Datuk S. Ambiga (front row, left) has urged the police to prevent the Red Shirts and Bersih 5.0 rally participants from holding simultaneous demonstrations this Saturday. EPA Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk S. Ambiga has urged the police to prevent the Red Shirts and Bersih 5.0 rally participants from holding simultaneous demonstrations this Saturday.

Ambiga, who is Malaysian Human Rights Society (Hakam) president and former Bersih 2.0 co-chairman, said the authorities can use Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 for this purpose.

This, she said, can be done by separating the Red Shirts counter rally and providing it with an alternative date and venue.

The legislation, said Ambiga, states that if it is evident that the organisation of a counter rally can cause conflict between participants of the assemblies, the authorities “shall give an alternative for the counter assembly to be organised at another time, date, or place.”

Ambiga urged the police to exercise their power to act according to the said legislation.

“Failure to do so will give them problems (in case of untoward incidences),” she told a media conference today.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said it is likely that the Red Shirts will be rowdy and bring violence.

Ambiga said the Bersih 5.0 rally will proceed as planned, and reiterated that under the PAA 2012, a permit to hold the rally is not required.

She commended the police for their stern action against the Red Shirts in the course of the Bersih 5.0 roadshows.

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