New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Demonstration: Saturday 9 July 2011
A large demonstration in Kuala Lumpur advocating election reform (under the banner Bersih 2.0) is expected to take place on Saturday 9 July. The organisers have been persuaded to stage the rally in a stadium rather than on the streets, but have since been denied access to Merdaka Stadium and other stadiums in Kuala Lumpur. The venue for the rally has yet to be confirmed, but it is possible large numbers of demonstrators may still gather around Merdaka Stadium between 2 and 4pm. Police have outlawed Bersih 2.0 and threatened to arrest anyone showing support for it. There is a danger of unrest from counter demonstrations and in reaction to moves by the authorities. The situation remains fluid .
New Zealanders are advised to avoid the protest area and large gatherings, monitor the local press for developments and be vigilant if travelling in the city centre or close to the Merdaka Stadium on 9 July. New Zealanders should follow the instructions of local authorities - failure to do so may result in your detention.
The police have set up roadblocks on the main roads into the city centre, affecting normal movement into and out of Kuala Lumpur. Long delays can be expected as cars are screened at these road blocks and more time should be allowed for travel by road. Disruption of this kind may occur through to and during the weekend.
New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur
Ph: 03 207 82533