Thursday, August 14, 2008

Students’ rally had police permit

Students’ rally had police permit

by Charles

SHAH ALAM: The UiTM students who held a rally on Tuesday to condemn Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for proposing that the university open up 10% of its student intake to non-bumiputras had a police permit for the gathering.

Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the students had applied for a permit with Shah Alam police a day before the protest and, after evaluating the application, the permit was approved.

He said the approval came with terms and conditions, such as the rally should only be held during off-peak hours and the participants should abide by all police orders.

Asked how the permit was approved within hours after it was applied for when there was a requirement for it to be submitted several days earlier, Khalid said: “That is true but we had to use discretion and see if the gathering could cause any disruptions to the daily routine in the area.

“We found that since the organisers had personally met us and agreed to abide by the rules we set, we gave the permission to carry it out. The organisers kept their word and everything went smoothly.”

seals: hmmmm ..who applied for the permit? The Uni or the students? If Uni, can they organise a rally? If student, can an individual apply?

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