Where public vigils turn into private functions

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim announced that he had struck a ‘deal’ with the state police to allow public rallies to be held in private halls.

And, he added, if members of the public felt a need to express their sentiments publicly, they could do so for 15 minutes max, after which they’d have to adjourn and run to the nearby hall concerned.

Here’s an extract from The Malaysian Insider report:

Selangor to allow limited public demonstrations

By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 – Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today that an agreement has been reached with state police to facilitate demonstrations.

When met by reporters in Parliament for his comments on the Internal Security Act demonstrations held yesterday, he said that Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar has agreed to a process which allows the public to gather in private halls.

“For those held in halls, meaning multipurpose halls and the like, the police will not take any action,” he said.

“If there is a desire to make their feelings publicly known, then it must be done as quickly as possible so as not to become a hindrance to others,” he added.

According to the head of the PKR-led state government, it has been suggested that such public protests should last no more than 15 minutes before the group returns to the hall to continue with other items on the agenda such as lectures or discussions.

“However, it would still be better to make an official request to the police to inform them of such an event,” he said.

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2 Responses to “Where public vigils turn into private functions”


  1. 1 Patricia 25 November 2008 at 11:55 am

    I don’t know if I should laugh, or cry. Cos really lah, this is getting kinda weird – the things that we feel require legislating and compromising and permitting and ….

    Pat

  2. 2 Reject Mahathirism 25 November 2008 at 12:22 pm

    SPEAK UP MALAYSIA
    Call your MPs now and tell them that We, The Rakyat, reject the racial and religious ploys of corrupt politicians:

    – DEWAN RAKYAT MPs BY STATE
    http://www.parlimen.gov.my/eng-DewRakyat_AhliDewan_2.php

    – DEWAN NEGARA MPs
    http://www.parlimen.gov.my/eng-DewNegara_AhliDewan.php

    – INFO ABOUT PARLIAMENT
    http://www.parlimen.gov.my/

    Tell them that politics must be based on real issues like the economy, education and human rights — not bogus issues like yoga fatwa and Ketuanan Melayu. Tell them that we reject the blatant use of racist rhetoric, religious bigotry and police brutality used by followers of Mahathirism to divide and rule Malaysians.

    PLEASE CALL YOUR MPs NOW. THANK YOU.


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