Awam upset at not getting police permit


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Jul 2003

BY SUSAN TAM

PETALING JAYA: Members of the All Women’s Action Society (Awam) have expressed disappointment over difficulties in securing a police permit for its proposed peaceful gathering of citizens to address the issue of rape and violence against women. 

Awam president Dr Mary Cardosa said the process of obtaining a police permit for the event, scheduled yesterday, had been difficult although the function had the support of Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. 

Awam had booked the exhibition centre at Midvalley Megamall after the police had initially rejected its application to hold the event, she said. 

“But the management refused to honour our booking, stating that Awam required a police permit for the event before they could confirm our booking.” 

Subsequently, she said the police did not give their permission as they had wanted evidence of a confirmed booking at the mall. 

“So we were caught in a difficult situation where neither party wanted to give us permission for the gathering,” she said when met at Awam’s office yesterday. 

Following that, Dr Cardosa said the event, part of a campaign entitled, “Citizens Against Rape – Make Public Spaces Safe – Towards a Violence-Free Society,” was postponed indefinitely as no permit was given. 

Dr Cardosa had said on Saturday that Awam would be submitting a complaint to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission on the matter.  

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