Hornbill Unleashed

November 19, 2016

Bersih 5 on Nov 19, Reds another time

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Malaysia is built upon the principle of the supremacy of Constitution. Thus, no one is above the Constitution.

The principle of the supremacy of Constitution is supposed to protect every person in this country.

When the organiser of a peaceful assembly, Bersih  intends to hold a peaceful assembly, it merely reasserts its constitutional right enshrined in the constitution. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yes, the police have a corresponding duty to protect public order. But such a duty does not include the right to completely deny the fundamental right of Bersih to hold any peaceful assembly.

No doubt, there is a federal law regulating any assembly in a public place.But the law only authorises the police to regulate any public assembly.The law does not give the police any right to deny any peaceful assembly.

Umno holds a false belief that Bersih possesses no right whatsoever to hold any peaceful assembly. Via its alter ego, Jamal Md Yunos and the red- shirts, it wants police to revoke the right of Bersih 5 to hold the assembly scheduled on November 19.

Multiple provocations have been done to inculcate fear among the concerned citizens not to support the Bersih 5 assembly. But what it fails to realise is that the unbecoming conduct of Jamal and his red shirts has freely advertised Bersih 5.

Legally speaking, the police have a duty to assist Bersih  to organise the event on Nov 19. The Peaceful Assembly Act 2002 has been deliberately designed to facilitate and not frustrate any peaceful assembly. The awareness of basic human rights gave birth to the Act.

The Act has substituted the now defunct Police Act 1967. The Police Act was not friendly to human rights. The Peaceful Assembly Act has done away with the weird requirement of a police permit for the organisation of any assembly in a public place. In fact under the Police Act , any assembly without any permit could be  criminalised.

It has been widely reported that Jamal and his red- shirts have also intended to organise a counter assembly on November 19 at the same venue.  Fearing of backlashes and  potential conflicts between Bersih 5 and the red shirts, should the police take the easy way of annulling both assemblies? I don’t think so.

The Peaceful Assembly Act has rightly envisaged the emergence of counter and simultaneous assemblies. Nevertheless, the emergence of a counter assembly is not an excuse for the police to prohibit Bersih from holding the assembly.

By virtue of section 18 of the Act, the Officer Commanding Police District ( OCPD) can allow Bersih  to proceed with the assembly on Nov 19 , and at the same time gives the red shirts an alternative to organise its counter assembly at another time, date or place.


Source : Mohamed Hanipa Maidin@The Heat Malaysia Online


1 Comment »

  1. After the 4th episode of Bersih, which was very peaceful, but now police claiming Bersih 5 is a plot to riot? Come on, someone must be very desperate. So now one can be arrested in his own home while sitting and watching TV or cooking for the intention to riot as long as someone has lodged a police report that he intend to riot despite his intention is watching TV and cooking? A red shirt can kick and punch someone in front of a busy shopping mall and no action has been taken. What double standard and ridiculous nonsense is the IGP cooking up for his political masters?

    Yes, it’s a terrible crime to demand free and fair elections, and to demand some explanation and accountability for the US DOJ action and MO1. Funny, those who declare war, who threaten to bathe in blood, who show pictures of severed heads, can easily be explained away. And theft of billions from 1MDB? Dont even need to explain.

    Comment by almaz — November 19, 2016 @ 9:59 AM | Reply


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