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Taxi drivers have not been issued a permit to proceed with the planned protests, supposedly to take place tomorrow, The Star reports. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin, stated that DBKL has not given the group permission to gather in the four proposed areas. At the same time, the police has declared the protests as illegal. Regardless of that, the “peaceful demonstration” will still proceed.

The protests are slated to take place in four locations now: Padang Merbok, the Masjid Negara and the Craft Complex nearby Jalan Conlay, the other location is at the Merdeka Square. According to Husain, some 6,000 taxi drivers are expected to gather for the march at these spots from 10 am tomorrow, November 18.

ASEAN leaders are expected to congregate for a summit in the city centre from November 18 to 22. The mayor cited this as the main reason for not issuing permits. “No permission. Only after ASEAN summit. We will consider after ASEAN summit,” he told the daily. Should the protest carry on without the required permit, Nordin said, “the police and DBKL will have to do something.”

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah further stated that no letters have been issued by the DBKL for the protests to proceed. In addition to that, he warned taxi permit holders not to use their vehicles during the gathering or they would face legal consequences, Bernama reports.

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According to the police chief, the Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee had sent out a notice to the police regarding their intentions of the gathering on November 6. However, the committee failed to include permission letters from the management of the four venues. In this instance, he noted that it is an offence under Section 11 of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Meanwhile, Kamarudin Mohd Husain, deputy chairman of the Malaysian Taxi Drivers Transformation Association (PERS1M) maintained that the protests will carry on anyway. “DBKL has rejected. We will carry on with the peaceful demonstration,” the deputy chairman said, further adding that the committee had backup plans should such situations arise.

Objective of the protest was said to “get the government’s attention,” as well as to call for the resignation of the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar. The other objective is to ban apps such as Uber and GrabCar from operating in the country.