X Close

Archives

Published: Wednesday November 23, 2011 MYT 6:40:00 PM

Dr Mahathir voices support for Peaceful Assembly Bill

JITRA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has voiced his support for the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 which was tabled in Parliament Tuesday.

The former prime minister said the new act was important to ensure that public assemblies would be free from violence or actions that could cause losses to others.

"The act has good intentions...besides preventing certain quarters from taking advantage of a situation, so that violence does not become a problem to the country," he said here Wednesday, when asked to comment on the bill, which will become an act if passed and gazetted.

The bill tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, is a transformation of the existing legal framework relating to the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully, as provided in the Federal Constitution.

"While people have the right to hold demonstrations, the rights of others will have to be protected by the government," said Dr Mahathir.

He said holding a demonstration close to Hari Raya, for instance, would adversely affect the business of traders, with the small ones already struggling to make a living. - Bernama

Related Stories:
It's a progressive start for reforms, say BN reps
First steps to legalise assemblies
Peaceful Assembly Act tabled in Parliament

advertisement

  1. Malaysian passport 9th best in the world
  2. Japanese oil tanker robbed, three crew believed kidnapped in dramatic dawn raid
  3. KL set to be in 'security lockdown'
  4. Wanted: A rational water plan
  5. 'Godfather' believed to have killed 13-year-old boy
  6. Every kind of success in life depends on our virtues as a person
  7. Brave boy comforts family
  8. College staff turn to loan sharks after salaries unpaid for four months
  9. David Moyes parts ways with Manchester United, Ryan Giggs temporarily takes charge
  10. Selangor MB Khalid: Can't stop water rationing yet, but will review next week

advertisement

advertisement