19th Aug – Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa, the City Police Chief has announced that the force will not allow Bersih 4.0 to go on because the organizers have failed to suggest another venue. This followed the recent announcement made by DBKL that Bersih, the organizers of the rally will not be allowed to use both Padang Merbok or Dataran Merdeka for the planed event.
18th Aug – DBKL has rejected the move for the Bersih 4.0 rally. The event was to be held at Dataran Merdeka and Padang Merbok and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said that Dataran Merdeka will only be used for national events and proposed for a change in the date of the locations. He added that both the locations would be needed to be prepared for the Merdeka Day parade and procession and it is not up to DBKL to offer another location. Maria Chin met DBKL and said that the dates will not be postponed.
12th Aug – Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police said that the police will be intervening the proposed Bersih 4.0 rally if the event is staged with an intention to topple the government. Bersih 4.0 which is scheduled to take place on August 29th and 30th where he said that the duration of the rally does not matter as long as they do not voice out anything seditious. In fact, if it is a peaceful assembly, it could be 3 days, a week or even a month. He cautioned the organizers and those attending the rally not to cause any disturbance to the peace in the city.
11th Aug – It is not anything new as anti-graft watchdog Bersih has been talking an overnight rally since the recent cabinet reshuffle.
Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairman of Bersih told a press conference that they are planning the Bersih 4 rally which will be a 34-hour rally to send the message that the people wants reform to those in power.
She announced that there will be 5 meeting spots around Kuala Lumpur which will be Brickfields, Pasar Seni, SOGO, the National Mosque and Dataran Maybank and then participants can make their way to Dataran Merdeka on August 29. The idea behind this was to push for institutional reform after the whole 1MDB crisis.
Maria Chin Abdullah said that the police and DBKL have been informed about the planned Bersih 4 and hopes to meet Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, the IGP to discuss on issues like traffic and safety that might arise. For those planning to join the rally, she advised them to bring along any necessities like sleeping bags and tents for the 2-day event.
Besides the main rally, there will be other activities like workshops, cultural performances as well ast he ‘JomBersih4Malaysia’ poster competitions, among others. The theme colour for Bersih 4 is same as the last few rallies, which is yellow.