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Cops: PSM does not have consent for Labour Day march

The Star Online logo The Star Online 21/4/2017 jo timbuong

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) plan for a Labour Day march could hit a snag because it does not have the consent of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the owner of a shopping mall in Bukit Bintang.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said the consent of the authorities and premise owners is needed and clearly stated in Section 10 of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2010.

He said while PSM had notified the relevant authorities, it did not have the written consent of DBKL and the shopping mall owner to go ahead with the march.

PSM central committee member S. Arutchelvan (pix) confirmed that although the organisers had notified police of the march, they do not have the consent letters.

However, he said PSM is likely to go ahead with its plans to march.

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"We had a pleasant meeting with the police and we assured them that we will conduct ourselves in an orderly manner and not carry placards that are seditious,” he said.

PSM plans to march from the old railway station opposite the National Mosque to Jalan Bukit Bintang to demand that the Government set up a fund for retrenched workers.

Other demands include women workers’ rights, the implementation of a RM1,500 minimum wage, and migrant workers’ rights.

It also wants the Governmnet to abolish "oppressive" laws, such as the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca), the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota), the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) and the Sedition Act.

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