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Published: Tuesday November 22, 2011 MYT 11:46:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday November 22, 2011 MYT 3:09:04 PM

Peaceful Assembly Act tabled in Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: The Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 that addresses the right to assemble peacefully was tabled in Parliament Tuesday for first reading.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz tabled the bill in the Dewan Rakyat.

The proposed Act seeks to provide restrictions deemed necessary to such right but at the same time takes consideration of the interest of the country's security and public order.

It is part of the efforts initiated by the Government to transform existing laws in relation to the constitutional rights of citizens to assemble.

The proposed bill, however, does not apply to an assembly such as strike, lockout or picket under the Industrial Relations Act and the Trade Unions Act.

The law also stated that it was an offence for such assembly to be held at any prohibited places and within 50 metres from the limit of prohibited place, for non-citizens and children below the age of 15 to participate and a person below the age of 21 years old to organised such assemblies.

A person who commits the offence may be liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000.

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