They protested against the state government’s stand in not using the New Economic Policy (NEP) but an open tender system instead.
They chanted the slogan “Hidup Hidup! Hidup DEB!"
North East district police chief assistant commissioner Azam Abdul Hamid later ordered the crowd to disperse after informing them that police had not issued any permit for the gathering.
Also present were state Umno leaders including former deputy chief minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim and Bukit Mertajam division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir.
The crowd dispersed peacefully after shouting slogans. Police did not arrest anyone.
Finally everything ended peacefully.