No govt restriction on peaceful rallies: Shafie
Published on: Monday, September 24, 2018

CHIEF Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the State Government does not restrict peaceful rallies. However, he added, resorting to such gatherings should only be taken when all other measures have been exhausted.

"There is a place and a foundation in getting one's opinion heard. If let's say we come from a political party, surely the party will have a foundation, it must be guided and not us being excessive.

"If we take every issue to the streets, I think the country will go nowhere," he said.

Eight youths were detained during a "Pandang ke Sabah" peaceful assembly at Lintasan Deasoka, in Kota Kinabalu, on Malaysia Day (Sept 16).

The gathering was aimed at explaining 10 matters which are very close to the needs of the people of Sabah that should be taken seriously by the Pakatan Harapan government.

These are namely education, security, customary land, employment opportunities, people's homes, citizenship, public transport, security at higher learning institutions and security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

Pemuda Amanah Sabah Chief Khairuddin Daud, who was among those detained, later called for immediate reforms to be made on peaceful rallies.

He was quoted as saying that under the New Malaysia, peaceful assemblies should be seen as practicable in a democratic country as long as it does not cause chaos.

The detention of the eight also drew the attention of Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman who denounced the arrests, saying such rally was a normal part of democracy. – SJ

Photo Source: Bernama


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