Weapons find has cops wary
KUALA LUMPUR: The street rallies are off but police will still remain vigilant as they step up security ahead of Saturday.
They mounted 278 roadblocks nationwide from last night while General Operations Force, Federal Reserve Unit and Light Strike Force personnel have been mobilised.
Although the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) agreed to move its rally to a sta-dium, police are concerned about security issues, especially after the discovery of weapons and explosive materials.
The weapons, together with Bersih T-shirts, were found here and Gombak on Monday and early yesterday.
The first seizure was on Monday when an Orang Asli stumbled across a cache of weapons, Molotov cocktails and Bersih T-shirts near a Chinese temple in Batu 14, Gombak.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said they seized 36 Molotov cocktails, 20 parang, 44 Bersih T-shirts, lighters, ball bearings and yellow- and red-coloured bandannas.
Police suspect some parties intended to create chaos during the rally as the items had been hidden near the temple for easy collection at a later date.
In the city, police seized eight Molotov cocktails, 43 ball-like firecrackers, eight surgical masks, three parang, a small saw, a meat cleaver and four Bersih T-shirts.
Acting city police chief Datuk Amar Singh said the items were found in three plastic bags near Pertama Complex in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Amar said: "We received a tip-off from two men who operate stalls in the area that three men in a Proton Waja were behaving suspiciously.
"They were wearing skull caps and masks."
He said police found the first plastic bag in front of a restaurant near Pertama Complex, hidden in between flower pots, and found the second bag 150m away.
The third was found inside bushes at a fountain behind the Sogo shopping mall.
He said police believed the items had been hidden there by parties who planned to take part in the rally.
"They knew that it would be difficult to hide the weapons on the day of the rally as police would be everywhere, so they hid them earlier."
Police are viewing closed-circuit television footage from business premises near where the bags were found to identify the suspects.
He did not discount the possibility that the weapons belonged to the same group of people.
Meanwhile, police said they are waiting for an official application from Bersih 2.0 organisers to hold their gathering in a stadium.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said police had the authority to regulate meetings and assemblies.
He said police would abide by the royal decree issued by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin regarding the cancellation of the street rally.
"Whatever decision we make is always made based on internal security and public order."
Police will seek reassurances on safety and security from Bersih 2.0 organisers when they file their application.
Taken from New Straits Times
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If it's war that the communists and the subversive wants, then it's war that they will get.
This time, we will really 'BERSIH' Malaysia from communists, deviationists, subversives and traitors.