Assemblyman explains decision to attend rally

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 23 Aug 2019

KUANTAN: Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang has had his statement recorded by the police over his participation in the Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas’ (SMSL) rally last Sunday.

Sim said he was asked his reason for attending the rally, which was held to protest against the government’s decision to extend Lynas’ licence by another six months.

“As a Pakatan Harapan assemblyman, I went to the rally because I am concerned for the Kuantan people’s health.

“I was also disappointed with the Cabinet’s U-turn in handling this issue.

“I showed my support for the protesters as the government has failed to fulfil Promise 39 of the Pakatan manifesto,” Sim said after having his statement recorded by the police here yesterday.

Previously, Kuantan district police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said an investigation would be opened into the rally organisers for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

ACP Mohamad Noor said although the organisers had informed the police in advance, they did not receive consent from the manager of the venue, which was the Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK), to hold the rally in Taman Gelora.

Sim said MPK should have issued an official letter informing the organisers of its decision.

Also questioned was SMSL legal adviser Hon Kai Ping, who said he was surprised that a permit was not granted by MPK.

“I assumed there was a permit. Furthermore, Taman Gelora is a public area and there are many visitors, especially on a Sunday.

“I am astonished a police report was lodged over this,” he said.

Hon said he also told police that he gave a speech at the rally under invitation from SMSL.

SMSL chairman Tan Bun Teet said previously that an application was submitted to MPK two weeks before the rally but no reply was received.
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