With all roads to Parliament closed, opposition assemble at Dataran Merdeka

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim expected to hold press conference on Dewan closure

KUALA LUMPUR – The police have closed all roads leading to Parliament this morning, ahead of a planned gathering by the opposition.

At 9.30am, several opposition lawmakers, including PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, are expected to show up for a press conference at Parliament.

The Dewan Rakyat has been ordered shut for two weeks since July 29 after Covid-19 cases were detected among attendees last week.

However, this does not sit well with the opposition, as it claims that the government is using everything in its arsenal to keep Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in power.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) with lawmakers at Dataran Merdeka this morning. – The Vibes pic, August 2, 2021
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) with lawmakers at Dataran Merdeka this morning. – The Vibes pic, August 2, 2021
LIVE: With all roads to Parliament closed, opposition assemble at Dataran Merdeka
Police blocking off a road that leads to Parliament in Kuala Lumpur this morning. – SADIQ ASYRAF/The Vibes pic

9.35am: After being denied entrance to Parliament by police, about 40 opposition lawmakers from PKR, DAP and Amanah have instead gathered at Dataran Merdeka.

Warisan chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (centre) alongside other opposition leaders at Dataran Merdeka. – The Vibes pic, August 2, 2021
Warisan chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (centre) alongside other opposition leaders at Dataran Merdeka. – The Vibes pic
The FRU trucks seen near Parliament today. – Sim Tze Tzin Facebook pic, August 2, 2021
The FRU trucks seen near Parliament today. – Sim Tze Tzin Facebook pic, August 2, 2021

9.45am: Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks are seen lining Jalan Parlimen.

9.55am: Kulim Bandar Baharu MP Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail kicks off the opposition gathering at Dataran Merdeka with a welcoming speech.

Dato Seri Saifudin Nasution giving speech

9.56am: Upko president and Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau addresses the press.

Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (centre) flanked by pressmen and opposition lawmakers at the gathering in the city centre this morning. – The Vibes pic

9.57am: Muar MP and Muda co-founder Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s speaks to the crowd. He slams the closure of the Dewan Rakyat last Thursday and MPs who are still supporting the Perikatan Nasional government.

LIVE: With all roads to Parliament closed, opposition assemble at Dataran Merdeka
Muar MP and Muda co-founder Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman slamming the closure of the Dewan Rakyat and MPs who still support the Perikatan Nasional government at Dataran Merdeka this morning. – The Vibes pic

9.57am: Muar MP and Muda co-founder Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s speaks to the crowd. He slams the closure of the Dewan Rakyat last Thursday and MPs who are still supporting the Perikatan Nasional government.

10am: Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says: “They are worried that the PM will lose power and so will they. We are claiming our right as MPs to call for the reconvening of Parliament.”

10.04am: Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal says: “The king has spoken. The Dewan Rakyat speaker has promised that questions on the emergency ordinance will be answered today. But Parliament is shut, using Covid-19 as an excuse.”

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal

10.04am: Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal says: “The king has spoken. The Dewan Rakyat speaker has promised that questions on the emergency ordinance will be answered today. But Parliament is shut, using Covid-19 as an excuse.”

“Legally, we have the right to be in Parliament.”

10.07am: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu now takes the stage. “Muhyiddin must go!” he says.

10.09am: Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng’s takes his turn to speak, saying “Malaysia wants to be free of a PM who violates the rule of law. We are fighting to speak for the people”.

“We don’t want to go to Parliament for a vote of no confidence; we want to go to Parliament to discuss the problems of the rakyat.”

10.11am: The opposition MPs are getting ready to start their march to Parliament from Dataran Merdeka. They are holding a banner that reads “Mahiaddin & Kabinet letak jawatan”.

10.12am: Anwar addresses the crowd, saying: “This government has langgar titah diraja, langgar wishes of rakyat and this government must go.”

10.14am: Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad addresses the crowd.

10.23am: Speeches are done but crowd is still gathering in Dataran Merdeka.

10.24am: The opposition MPs are making their way to Parliament while chanting “Hidup Rakyat” and “Reformasi”. They are also singing Inilah Barisan Kita as they march on.

10:29am: Police are intervening in the march and trying to stop the MPs from continuing on their journey to the Dewan Rakyat.

10.35am: Marchers are blocked by FRU barricades at the junction of Bulatan Dato Onn and Jalan Parlimen, while shouts of “perdana menteri pengecut, undur Mahiaddin, hidup rakyat” are heard.

LIVE: Police block opposition MPs’ march on Parliament
Opposition MPs set on marching from Dataran Merdeka to Parliament this morning being blocked by FRU teams. – The Vibes pic

10.41am: Anwar slams the Dewan Rakyat speaker in another speech near the FRU barricade.

10.44am: As many MPs begin to disperse after Anwar’s speech, some remain behind to speak to the media and create social media posts.

11am: Police presence is still heavy but crowds have dispersed.

THE VIBES

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