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Sunday, January 8, 2012

‘No roadblocks on Monday’

Sulaiman Kamal | 6:18 PM | | Best Blogger Tips

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But police have advised all road-users with no 'important errands' to stay away from the areas leading to the Jalan Duta courts.
The police today advised the public to avoid certain roads in the city next Monday ahead of the 901 rally in support of Anwar Ibrahim at the Jalan Duta Court Complex parking lot.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court will be delivering its verdict on Anwar’s sodomy trial on Monday.
Kuala Lumpur traffic chief ACP Rosli Mohd Noor said that road users without any important errands should stay away from these areas as congestions are expected to build up from as early as 7am.

The affected roads are :
  • Jalan Duta( from both directions)
  • Jalan Kuching
  • Bulatan Segambut
  • Jalan Khidmat Usaha
  • Jalan Ibadah
  • Jalan Dutamas
  • Jalan Persiaran Dutamas
  • Jalan Hikmat Usaha
Rosli said that congestions are expected in all roads leading to the Jalan Duta Courts Complex, Matrade, the government complexes, the Jalan Duta bus station, and  Federal Territory Mosque.
Those who are working in the area, as well as the general public, are also advised to use public transportation on that day.
“Please make sure that your vehicles do not block the roads. Follow instructions and give full cooperation to the officers on duty,” said Rosli.
Rosli also told FMT that there will be no road blocks on Monday.
IGP briefs editors
He said that his officers would only be monitoring and controlling traffic to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
“The government has allowed this rally, with conditions, so for the traffic police, our objectives on that day are not to stop people from going but to prevent any jams. We will also see if there is a need to divert certain roads if they get too congested,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police’s official Facebook page posted videos of interviews with the Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar, experts, groups, and civilians regarding the 901 rally.
In the latest series of postings today, Ismail was speaking to senior editors of the mainstream press this afternoon, explaining the reasons police set the 10 conditions.
In one video posted yesterday, Ismail had said: “The Malaysian police is willing to transform, but we can’t depart from our fundamental principles to maintain law and order, that is our function and objective.”
Capacity for 5,000 protesters only
In another development, a Bernama report quoted Ismail as saying that the car park at the court complex could only accommodate about 5,000 people.
He warned that the police would disperse any latecomers as soon as the car park is filled by Anwar’s supporters.
He said no one would be allowed to congregate elsewhere for the same purpose other than the designated car park which had been sought by the organisers and approved by the Sentul police.
He also revealed that 740 police reports had been lodged against the Anwar rally but the police decided to allow it in the spirit of the new Peaceful Assembly Act.

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