‘Bar political events at public halls’

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019

THE Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) expressed dissatisfaction over a ceramah held by an Opposition party at the Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi (BBST) multipurpose hall.

The matter was brought to the attention of MPSepang president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim at the council’s full board meeting.

According to councillor Sivakumar Periasamy, the speakers at the event lambasted the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and ministers in their speeches.

“It is not right for event organisers to make use of public facilities to spread their political agenda,” said Sivakumar.

“We find it unacceptable that opposition parties are using facilities provided by the government as a platform to speak ill of the government. As such, we urge MPSepang to review its policies on providing permission for such events in the future.”

Sivakumar’s comments were echoed by councillor Rushdan Mohamed.

He said as a former Umno member, the former ruling party would have raised the same objections if such facilities were used for politically-motivated ceramah by opposition parties.

The board also pointed out that the organiser had provided inaccurate information by describing the event as a dinner and not political ceramah.

“As such, they should be barred from using all public facilities managed by the council in the future,” added Rushdan.

In response, Mohd Fauzi reminded the board that community halls were gazetted for public gatherings and unless a gathering was immoral or subversive in nature, there was no reason to bar anyone from utilising council-managed public facilities.

According to Mohd Fauzi, the organiser of the BBST ceramah obtained a police permit for the event.

“As long as the permit was prominently displayed at the entrance, the organiser was within his legal rights to use the hall,” he said.

On arguments that it was within the council president’s power to revoke permission for such use, he said his actions were guided by the law.

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