Police should help to make Bersih 2 rally orderly — PKR Lanang chiarman
Posted on July 1, 2011, Friday
SIBU: The chairman of PKR Lanang Division George Chen suggests that the police should help to ensure that the planned Bersih 2 rally on July 9 in Kuala Lumpur will be a peaceful one rather than stopping the people from taking part.
He said the rally should be allowed to go on as a platform for the people to seek justice and fairness in the coming general election.
“Everyone knows that the Election Commission has not been fair and transparent in carrying out its duties and it is the people’s rights to join the rally to have their voices heard,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
When asked, Chen said they had yet to receive words whether the same Bersih 2 rally would be held in Sarawak.
“We are still waiting for directives from the Bersih 2 organisers in Kuala Lumpur. We will make our next move once we have received the directives,” he said.
According to Chen, Section 10A of the Malaysian Constitution had stated very clearly that if the people were not happy with the government, they had the rights to go to the streets asking for change.
“However, the Police Act 1957 also states that the police have the right to control or stop any illegal assembly of more than 10 persons.”
Chen said the two clauses contradicted each other, and paradoxically, it effectively implied the Police Act had greater influence over Section 10A of the Malaysian constitution, which should, unfortunately, not be the case.
“We hope the police will respect the constitution and ensure that the rally is allowed to proceed peacefully instead of stopping the people from taking part in the rally,” he added.
Chen said the police should instead assist in making the rally orderly, just like they assisted in organising parade during National Day celebrations and other festivals.
Chen also questioned Perkasa and Umno Youth wing for wanting to hold a rally on the same day.
“They can come up with their own rally on Aug 9 or Sept 9. Why do they have to do it on July 9 the same day with Bersih 2? This only reflects that the government is losing power.”
Chen said that the 2007 Bersih 1 was proven to be very effective with strong participation from the people concerned about their political future.
Following the rally, the government lost five states to the opposition in the 2008 general election.
“We hope Bersih 2 will bring about some changes to the eight-point reform pursued by the opposition pact.”
Individuals, NGOs organising or planning to take part in Bersih 2.0 monitored
by Gary Adit. Posted on July 1, 2011, Friday
KUCHING: The police have identified a few individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) planning to organise or participate in the unlawful Bersih 2.0 rallies in the state on July 9.
Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Mohmad Salleh said police were closely monitoring the activities of these individuals and NGOs on a daily basis, warning that stern action would be taken if they were found to have violated the law.
“We have already identified a few of them. Although we have not received any specific information, we have received reports of their plans to organise rallies at several locations in the state.
“We will not hesitate to take action against them on the day itself for unlawful assembly under Section 27(5) of the Police Act 1967, which carries a fine of not less than RM2,000 and not exceeding RM10,000 or jail term of not more than one year,” said Mohmad during a press conference at state police headquarters here yesterday.
However, he said that no elected representatives in the state so far had been called for their statements to be recorded over the matter, although the situation might change in “two or three” days’ time.
“The situation is currently under control as the response (to the Bersih 2.0 rally) here is not so great compared to that in Peninsular Malaysia. Even so, we are prepared for any possibility, come July 9.”
According to Mohmad, 19 police reports had so far been lodged across the state by individuals representing their own organisations against the planned rally.
In addition, he disclosed that monitoring activities at border towns such as Tebedu had been intensified to thwart attempts to bring in Bersih-related paraphernalia.
Pamphlets, T-shirts printed across border “This comes after police intelligence indicated materials such as banners, stickers, pamphlets and T-shirts were being printed across the border to avoid detection by law enforcers here.”
Regarding those found wearing yellow ‘Bersih’ T-shirts, or in possession of any material promoting or supporting the rally in Kuala Lumpur, the commissioner said that they would take action similar to what had been done by their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia, which was to confiscate the items and detain the individual(s) for investigation.
“My advice to the general public is not to take part or try to organise any illegal rally which can escalate disorder and disrupt peace in the state.”
Earlier, the police commissioner held a meeting with senior police officers, including all district police chiefs in the state, to discuss the issue and also measures to be taken against those found to be involved in the rally.