Apply for permit for gatherings: Police


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 May 2008

PENANG: Action will be taken against those who hold any assembly without a police permit, said George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid.

"Anyone wanting to hold an assembly must first apply for a police permit or else it would be considered an illegal gathering, and those taking part can be arrested."

He was commenting on the Hindu Rights Action Force's (Hindraf) decision to hold such an assembly along Gurney Drive every Sunday.

Seven people comprising a blogger, a teacher, and members from Suaram, Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA and Hindraf were among those rounded up after Sunday's gathering at Gurney Drive attended by about 40 people.

ACP Azam said five of them were released on Sunday night and the remaining two at about 9am Monday, adding that they were all released on police bail.

"Any action to be taken against them under Section 90 of the Police Act 1967 will later be decided by the deputy public prosecutor."

Suaram Penang’s Lau Shu Shi and Teh Chun Hong, who were the last to be released, were nabbed at about 1pm on Sunday for attending the gathering as well as for disorderly conduct at the Patani Road police station.

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