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Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said not only was Dataran Merdeka inappropriate as an assembly point for the Bersih 4 rally because of the Merdeka celebration rehearsals, there are also many places of worships and schools within a 50 metre radius. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said not only was Dataran Merdeka inappropriate as an assembly point for the Bersih 4 rally because of the Merdeka celebration rehearsals, there are also many places of worships and schools within a 50 metre radius. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Opposition-led state governments should have provided alternative locations for the Bersih 4 rally as it was inappropriate to use Dataran Merdeka as a venue, newly appointed Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today.

He said if opposition parties were truly sincere in fighting for freedom of speech and assembly, they should have done so.

“Why didn’t the Bersih organisers have the assembly in Selangor, or Padang Kota, Penang, when it is the PR (Pakatan Rakyat) state governments that constantly voice their support for freedom of speech.

“If they were to have the assembly there, maybe the state governments can prepare food and equipment that are more comfortable to Bersih 4.0 participants, so they don’t have to bring their own food and tents,” he said in a statement.

“Opposition politicians including Bersih organisers used Article 10 (1)(b) of the Federal Constitution which stipulates that every citizen has the right to assemble peacefully and without weapons.

“But what about Article (2)(b) which speaks of the right of freedom of others to enjoy properties peacefully, the freedom of movement, the right to enjoy the natural environment and the right to conduct business?” Nur Jazlan asked.

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  • Protesters sleep on the street during the Bersih 4.0 rally in the early hours of August 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • A protestor enjoys a late meal while others sleep on the street during the Bersih 4.0 rally in the early hours of August 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Protesters sleeping on the street during the Bersih 4.0 rally in the early hours of August 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Protesters sleep on the street during the Bersih 4.0 rally in the early hours of August 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah (right) and Women's Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah lead Bersih 4 participants in an early morning exercise routine on the street on Day 2 of the 34-hour rally, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Supporters of the Bersih 4.0 rally perform morning exercise at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Supporters of the Bersih 4.0 rally perform morning exercise at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Supporters of the Bersih 4.0 rally perform morning exercise at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Supporters of the Bersih 4.0 rally perform morning exercise at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Thousands of Bersih 4 supporters gather during the second day of the pro-democracy rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Bersih 4 supporters took to the streets on the second day of the pro-democracy rally in Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Bersih 4 supporters took to the streets on the second day of the pro-democracy rally in Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. —Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (second from left) meets Dang Wangi police chief Zainol Samah during the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. —Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Prominent lawyer and activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan addressing bersih 4 participant in downtown Kuala Lumpur on August 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Bersih 4 participants sit on the streets despite the haze in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Participants of the Bersih 4 rally run for cover as it rains in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Prominent lawyer and activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan addressing the Bersih 4 participant as it rains in Kuala Lumpur on August 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Participants of the Bersih 4 rally brave the rain as they shout slogans and march in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Participants of the Bersih 4 rally brave the rain as they shout slogans and march in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Bersih 4 rally participants brave the rain as they listen to speeches in downtown Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad smiles as he sits next to his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah after speaking to the media near Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks to reporters at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) speaks to the media at Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A group of protesters on bicycles are seen at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) attends a rally organised by pro-democracy group Bersih near Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Participants are seen taking part in activities held at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Participants take selfies with activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (centre) during the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih gather in Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • A participant is seen waving the Malaysian flag as others look on during the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih clean up the streets in the morning outside Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants take selfies during the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih gather in Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) arrives at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) speaks to reporters as he attends a rally organised by pro-democracy group Bersih near Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hands over a bottle of water to his wife Tun Dr Datin Siti Hasmah after speaking to the media near Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants brave the rain during a rally organised by pro-democracy group Bersih, near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • A Bersih supporter leads a group of Orang Asli, as they march to Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Muslim supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih lay out a Bersih banner to be used for their prayers outside Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Muslim supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih pray near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • An aerial view of the crowd gathered at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Participants of the Bersih 4 rally cheer on as they gather in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

  • Muslim participants of the Bersih 4 rally pray near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Protesters take a ‘selfie’ during a rally organised Bersih in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

Nur Jazlan said since the Peaceful Assembly Act was passed, people had been given adequate space to assemble peacefully as long as it was done within the confines of the law.

“So why is it so hard to adhere to the PAA 2012 when there are many law practitioners in the Bersih secretariat and they understand what is provided under the law,” he said.

The former Public Accounts Committee chairman said not only was Dataran Merdeka inappropriate as an assembly point because of the Merdeka celebration rehearsals, there are also many places of worships and schools within a 50 metre radius.

In addition to that, the Pulai MP said the “owner” of Dataran Merdeka is the KL City Hall (DBKL) which did not allow the symbolic location to be used by Bersih 4.

Nur Jazlan also complimented the police force for being tolerant towards Bersih 4.0 participants even though, ‘it is clear that they have gone against the law, especially, the organisers’.

Bersih 2.0 kicked off a 34-hour overnight rally downtown near Dataran Merdeka on Saturday at 2pm.

The rally called for institutional economic and government reforms and also Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation as prime minister over his administration’s handling of debt-stricken state investor 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The 34-hour long Bersih 4 rally saw tens of thousands gather at the fringes of Dataran Merdeka throughout the weekend while hundreds remained to sleep on the streets on Saturday night.

The rally ended peacefully despite previous threats by Putrajaya of a crackdown after declaring the rally and its paraphernalia illegal. 

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