Hornbill Unleashed

August 29, 2016

Bersih: This fight is for more than just T-shirts

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Supporters buy the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts from the Bersih 2.0 Petaling Jaya office, August 25, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Bersih 2.0 today described the restoration of its lawsuit against a government ban on yellow T-shirts associated with the electoral reform group as a win for Malaysians’ rights and liberties.

In a brief statement posted on the group’s Facebook page, Bersih 2.0 said it had set off to contest the Home Ministry’s prohibition of the T-shirts for reasons beyond the right to don the apparel.

“We fight not because it’s just a T-shirt. We are fighting because we are against an arrogant regime who thinks they can use their powers as they like.

“Today, the T-shirt is a small victory for our freedom and rights. We must continue fighting for a better Malaysia,” the group said.

The Court of Appeal today allowed Bersih 2.0’s appeal against the High Court’s rejection of their lawsuit challenging the home minister’s ban on Bersih 4 rally T-shirts last year, and quashed the ban at the same time.

The panel led by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh said they agreed with lawyer Edmund Bon’s submission, adding the home minister’s order for the ban was “unreasonable.”

On August 27 last year, the government gazetted the order by the Home Ministry banning all items related to the Bersih 4 mass demonstration, including its promotional materials and any item of clothing bearing the rally’s name as well as its signature yellow.

According to the federal gazette on the Attorney-General’s Chambers website, the ban was issued under the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984 and officially came into effect on August 28.

The Malay Mail Online

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