KUALA LUMPUR: Proposals to gazette some venues as places for assembly under the Peaceful Assembly Act were made to the Selangor Government but rejected, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the Government had suggested some venues to be registered as legal assembly points but the Opposition-led state government rejected its proposal.
“One of the venues was Stadium Shah Alam but they did not allow it to be gazetted. I don’t know the reason why. In Parliament, they (the Opposition) talk about the right to assembly but in their own state, they are practicing double standards,” Dr Ahmad Zahid told reporters yesterday.
Commenting on the matter, Selangor Local Government, Studies and Research Committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said he vetted the proposal in 2013 and the only listed venue at the time was Stadium Shah Alam.
According to him, more venues had to be gazetted before a consensus could be reached.
“If we are going to designate places to hold assemblies or protests, they need to be convenient and accessible to everyone in the state. If it was only in Shah Alam, it would be difficult, for instance, for people in Sabak Bernam or Bukit Kemuning to go all the way there.
“We asked the ministry to list more places. It is not true to say that the state government rejected the proposal,” Teng said.
Yesterday, Dr Ahmad Zahid opened the Asean Workshop on Effective Justice Responses to Trafficking in Persons, which would discuss criminal justice systems in the region.
UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, in her keynote address, said the Asia Pacific region accounted for 56% of trafficked persons in the world, with an estimated 11.7 million victims.
“The population of South-East Asia is most at risk to human trafficking. There is a pressing need to promote safe participation of victims within the criminal justice system so that their human rights are protected and the perpetrators are punished,” she said.