KUCHING, Nov 1: The coordinators of the Nov 13 rally have received the necessary approvals from the police for the peaceful concurrent protests which they will be staging in front of the new Court House at Petra Jaya as well as Kuching Waterfront.
The coordinators for the rally includes Sarawak Dayak Iban Association secretary-general Nicholas Mujah Ason, former Sarawak Majlis Adat Istiadat deputy president Nicholas Bawin and two activists Panglima Peter John Jaban and Calvin Bill Jugah.
Peter John told DayakDaily that he received the letter of approval for the rally today at 3.25pm.
He said he met up with the police as early as Oct 27 and he was informed of the many regulations which he described as “ridiculous”.
“I am an experienced rally coordinator. The last rally I organised, they set 18 terms and conditions. And this time, it is even worse. The police laid down 24 terms and conditions.
“This is really unfair. I have organised many other rallies, none as difficult and complicated as this coming one,” he said.
He said he wanted those responsible for the rally to wear yellow bandana headbands but was prohibited.
“This is ridiculous as we should be allowed to use any objects such as umbrellas, hats or shirts to identify ourselves but we are not allowed to,” he said.
Peter John’s main concern was that the rally may be hijacked by some other groups.
“We will have to take the risk and we will have to control the crowds to make sure that it will be a peaceful rally where no one comes to disturb or create problems.
“We will have to be responsible for everything, as some people may come to hijack it.
“We have to submit our banners to the police and if there are any other banners that join us, then we will lodge police reports against those other banners not belonging to us,” said Peter John.
The peaceful rally is being held to advocate for the rights of the natives especially over native customary rights (NCR) land. — DayakDaily