The march organised by Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia) to the palace this morning was called off following advice from the police.
The group of more than 100 marchers was able to start their march from the Central Market Annexe at 10.15am when the police stopped them.
Suaram’s S Arutchelvan and Orang Asli activist Colin Nicholas had a short argument with the police team led by ASP Sydney Clyde Jeremiah of the Dang Wangi police district.
The organisers claimed they had permission from the police for today’s event two weeks ago and were unhappy that they were prevented from carrying it out this morning.
However, ASP Sydney advised them to call it off failing which the police would have no choice but to arrest those taking part in the march.
The organisers then decided to call it off and held a press conference at 10.45am instead to make public their demands and recommendations contained in a memorandum, meant to be submitted to the palace.