Malaysia’s opposition leader is planning a rally against alleged electoral fraud in Sunday’s election, despite a ban on the protest by police, and threats that those who attend will be arrested.
Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, or People’s Pact, has been calling for support from people to attend the rally, which is due to begin at 12:00 GMT on Wednesday, after he lost the race to become prime minister.
Authorities said that correct permits have not been obtained, and therefore it would be illegal to go ahead with the march.
Tian Chua, vice president of the Pakatan Rakyat, acknowledged the opposition was not within the letter of the law over the gathering in a stadium outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.
“Despite the police ban, the gathering will proceed. Anwar will be there,” Tian said.
“We have picked a stadium to allow our supporters to gather so that Anwar can explain the irregularities in the election and how he plans to move forward,” he said, adding that the assembly posed no security threat.
National police chief Ismail Omar said Wednesday’s rally was considered illegal because organisers did not properly notify police under a new assembly law passed in 2011, state news agency Bernama said.
He added that participants would be arrested, Bernama said.
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