Suhakam: Allow permit-free rallies



KUALA LUMPUR: Suhakam expressed regret the Government had ignored its repeated calls to repeal the law requiring permits for public assemblies and processions.

“In London, you can hold peaceful assemblies and the police are around to prevent public disorder.

“But here, a group needs a permit even to present a memorandum,” its chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman said yesterday. (So, does that mean that groups will now need a permit even to present a memorandum to SUHAKAM?)

“The possibility of public disorder should be based on evidence, not speculation or imagination,” he said, when asked whether a group submitting a memorandum to Parliament needed a permit. (Right: Permits are now refused based merely on political selectivity, speculation, imagination, flawed reasoning, demonising and blatant distortion of facts. )

On whether it was different to a protest party, he said: “Unfortunately, a gathering of three is an assembly under Section 27 of the Police Act. The intention is irrelevant.”

“Suhakam wants Section 27 repealed because it goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and appears to be inconsistent with the spirit of the Federal Constitution.”

Asked whether anyone could apply for it to be declared unconstitutional, he said a person could if he could show he was affected by the application of Section 27. ( As chairman of SUHAKAM, shouldn’t you be taking the lead, Tan Sri ??)

On Tun Musa Hitam’s lament in an interview on Sunday that Suhakam did not want to address certain “sensitive things”, Abu Talib said his predecessor had not specified what they were. (Come on SUHAKAM!, stop wasting millions of ringgit of public funds to pay your commissioners and staff if you are just a TOOTHLESS, WINDOW DRESSING FOR THE GOVERNMENT!)

Suhakam secretary Ahmad Yusuf Ngah said in a statement: “Very likely, Tun Musa is unaware of the many recommendations made by Suhakam to improve the level of human rights in Malaysia, since his tenure ended in 2002.” (Yes, Pray do tell us what Suhakam has done to improve human rights in Malaysia. Day by day we see the erosion of human rights and its getting worse.)

The statement was issued after Suhakam met in Kuching in conjunction with World Human Rights Day on Monday.

From: The Star

(People, I think we should petition for Tun Musa Hitam to be back as Chairman of SUHAKAM or just have the organisation disbanded. Never have human rights been more violated and brutalised than now. I don’t think SUHAKAM can ever justify its existence and expressing regret after regret with the Government is just not enough and TOTALLY unacceptable. It is after all the taxpayers’ hard earned money that’s keeping SUHAKAM alive.)


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